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The first, fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer.

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston.

Funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a must read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.

Reviews

Hugely enjoyable...you don't have to have run a marathon to be captivated

Sunday Telegraph

Murakami manages to set a course that takes in views of literature, sport and the uphill journey of ageing, all with a modest fluency that covers the ground without raising a sweat

Independent

There can never have been a book quite like this memoir of running and writing, taken together, before. In its self-contained way, it's nothing less than an inspiration

Evening Standard

This charming little book is a winner from start to finish

Independent on Sunday

There's a wandering, digressive, free-form quality to the writing - like improvised jazz - familiar to anyone who has read the novels, with their labyrinth plots, perplexed, solitary male protagonists, meaningful coincidences and dream-like sequences. The narrative voice here is as persuasive as in any of the novels, candid and jaunty, and you finish the book charmed by the simple, unaffected grace of Murakami

Observer

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  • EBook

    9781448103737

    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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    9780099526155

    June 1, 2009

    Vintage

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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