A Wild Haruki Chase: Reading Murakami Around the World

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“Youthful, slangy, political, and allegorical, Murakami is a writer who seems to be aware of every current American novel and popular song. Yet . . . [A Wild Sheep Chase] is clearly rooted in modern Japan.” —The New York Times

“In every society, Murakami’s works are first accepted as texts that assuage the political disillusionment, romantic impulses, loneliness, and emptiness of readers. Only later do they fully realize that the author was born in Japan and that the books are ...

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Overview

“Youthful, slangy, political, and allegorical, Murakami is a writer who seems to be aware of every current American novel and popular song. Yet . . . [A Wild Sheep Chase] is clearly rooted in modern Japan.” —The New York Times

“In every society, Murakami’s works are first accepted as texts that assuage the political disillusionment, romantic impulses, loneliness, and emptiness of readers. Only later do they fully realize that the author was born in Japan and that the books are actually translations.” —Inuhiko Yomota, Meiji Gakuen University

Jay Rubin, Richard Powers, Kim Choon Mie, Inuhiko Yomota, Roland Kelts, Shozo Fujii, Shinya Machida, Ivan Sergeevich Logatchov, Koichi Oi, Issey Ogata
With a special essay on translation by Haruki Murakami

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s best-selling books, including Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and Kafka on the Shore, have been translated into over forty languages. His dreamlike prose delights readers across borders and datelines. What lies behind this phenomenal international appeal? The Japan Foundation asked novelists, translators, artists, and critics from around the world to answer this question. A Wild Haruki Chase presents their intriguing findings. Neuroscience, revolution, a secret Chinese connection . . . you’ll never read Murakami the same way again.

Includes a full-color review of book covers from around the world!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933330662
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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The Japan Foundation, the only organization in Japan engaged in international cultural exchange in every region of the world, is contributing to world peace by promoting dialogue and interaction between Japanese and other peoples through the medium of culture. It consists of 19 overseas offices in 18 countries, with headquarters in Tokyo, an office in Kyoto and two language institutes.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Murakami Aeroplain Jay Rubin Rubin, Jay 7

Murakami in Covers 17

To Translate and to Be Translated Haruki Murakami Murakami, Haruki 25

A Wild Haruki Chase 31

How to View the "Haruki Boom" Inuhiko Yomota Yomota, Inuhiko 33

The Global Distributed Self-Mirroring Subterranean Neurological Soul-Sharing Picture Show Richard Powers Powers, Richard 38

What We Talk About When We Talk About Murakami Roland Kelts Kelts, Roland 56

The Sense of Loss in Murakami's Works and Korea's 386 Generation Kim Choon Mie Mie, Kim Choon 64

What Russians See in Murakami Ivan Sergeevich Logatchov Logatchov, Ivan Sergeevich 72

Lu Xun and Murakami: A Genealogy of the Ah Q Image in East Asian Literature Shozo Fujii Fujii, Shozo 82

The Other Side of Happiness: Acting in Tony Takitani Issey Ogata Ogata, Issey 99

Haruki Murakami as a Contemporary Phenomenon Koichi Oi Oi, Koichi 106

Contemporary Japanese Literature Finds a Global Following Shinya Machida Machida, Shinya 114

The Making of "A Wild Haruki Chase" Koji Sato Sato, Koji Ayumi Hashimoto Hashimoto, Ayumi Aya Tamura Tamura, Aya 125

Murakami Books Worldwide 136

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