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Author Study: Haruki Murakami Curated by Ashley Tang '19

This Libguide provides a detailed analysis of Japanese author Haruki Murakami and delves into his writing accomplishments.

List of Works

Publication Order of Rat Books

Hear the Wind Sing (1987)
Pinball, 1973 (1985)
A Wild Sheep Chase (1989)
Dance, Dance, Dance (1993)
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and End of the World (1987)
Norwegian Wood (1987)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997)
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Sputnik Sweetheart (2001)
Kafka on the Shore (2005)
After Dark (2007)
1Q84 (2011)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2014)
Killing Commendatore (2018)
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
The Elephant Vanishes (1993)
After the Quake (2002)
Vintage Murakami (2004)
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2006)
Men Without Women (2017)
Publication Order of Anthologies
Birthday Stories (2004)
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (2000)
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (2008)
Murakami Diary 2009 (2008)
Haruki Murakami Goes to Meet Hayao Kawai (2016)
Absolutely on Music (2016)

My Review On Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood

 Haruki Murakami's novels have gained immense popularity as they guide readers through some of life's darkest and most dangerous territory – the cold, dark winter woods of death and grief and abuse – and do so with wisdom and warmth. Murakami's courage to touch on such sensitive topics attracts a wide range of readers, from high schooler students intrigued by the concept of death to middle aged men who are in it for a good read . 

Additionally, Murakami has always had a detailed descriptions of the characters and settings; his writing style gives his characters the ability to bring forth emotions in the reader. His ability to manipulate one's emotions by reflecting the individual in the wide array of characters in this writings is truly a talent.

 Murakami can only offer a path through the frozen woods, he can't make us follow. If you find yourself wandering among the trees this winter season, I can recommend Norwegian Wood as a guidebook.

Notable Works