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In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami’s unique and addictive fictional universe.

Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry. In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami’s place as one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

Books by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women
Norwegian Wood
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
Kafka On The Shore
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Killing Commendatore
Desire
Absolutely on Music
Wind/ Pinball
The Strange Library
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Murakami Diary
After Dark
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Birthday Stories
Dance Dance Dance
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
A Wild Sheep Chase
The Elephant Vanishes
Sputnik Sweetheart
After the Quake