Staff, 2022-10-21 09:14:11,
It’s hard to think of a living writer who has a more adoring international following than Haruki Murakami. Examine any bookshelf of a serious reader and you’re bound to find a copy of Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84, or Kafka on the Shore. Experimental postmodernists idolize him, as do sci-fi fanatics, philosophers, uncloseted romantics, hippies, Kafkaian realists, and basically anyone else who allows themselves to slip a few pages into the 73-year-old Japanese master’s ethereal yet visceral fictional universes. No matter how beloved Murakami is, the man himself remains to his fanbase something of a mystery, beyond his admitted obsessions with baseball, running, and jazz. Murakami’s latest book, Novelist as a Vocation, sheds some light on the clever, ever-turning brain behind the novels, offering practical advice to aspiring writers from his decades of dreaming up hidden worlds. Above all, it is an ode to the day-to-day rigors of stoking the imagination. Ever greedy for more answers, we asked the novelist about magic, happiness, and time travel.
When you’re writing, do you ever get so lost in the world you’ve created that it’s hard to come out of it?
HARUKI MURAKAMI: Usually as I’m writing a novel, I’m completely immersed in that world. But once I finish the day’s work I go back to living normally in the ordinary world. I do the ironing, take the subway, and stop by used record shops. I’ve never had the…
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