Japan for the Uninvited

Japanese culture from a bemused foreign perspective

Haruki Murakami

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami is Japan’s most famous living author, whose most successful writing playfully combines mundane people and surreal situations

The humour and pathos of his 1987 breakthrough, ‘Norwegian Wood’, gained him international praise and recognition.

As an inevitable side-effect of his popularity, his work is rejected as “pop literature” by the literary establishment.

He frequently writes essays about modern Japan and Japanese culture, including best-selling non-fiction based on two real tragedies: the Kobe earthquake (‘After the Quake’), and the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack (‘Underground’).

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    “After the Quake” is in fact a collection of short stories, that is, fiction. In it, the Kobe earthquake serves as a backdrop to the individual people’s experiences in modern Japan.

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