NOVELIST AS A VOCATION

À propos

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.



  • EAN

    9781911215387

  • Disponibilité

    À paraître

  • Nombre de pages

    208 Pages

  • Longueur

    22.2 cm

  • Largeur

    13.8 cm

  • Épaisseur

    2.5 cm

  • Poids

    400 g

  • Distributeur

    Olf

  • Support principal

    Grand format

Haruki Murakami

Né à Kyoto en 1949, Haruki Murakami est le traducteur japonais de Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver et John Irving. Ne supportant pas le conformisme de la société japonaise, il s'est expatrié en Grèce, en Italie puis aux États-Unis. En 1995, après le tremblement de terre de Kobe et l'attentat du métro de Tokyo, il a décidé de rentrer au Japon. Haruki Murakami a rencontré le succès dès la parution de son premier roman, Écoute le chant du vent (1979), qui lui a valu le prix Gunzo. Suivront notamment Chroniques de l'oiseau à ressort, Au sud de la frontière, à l'ouest du soleil, Les Amants du Spoutnik, Kafka sur le rivage et Le Passage de la nuit. Il signe aujourd'hui une trilogie, 1Q84, dont les deux premiers tomes ont paru chez Belfond en 2011 et le dernier tome sortira en 2012. Plusieurs fois favori pour le prix Nobel de littérature, Haruki Murakami est aujourd'hui un auteur culte au Japon et son ?uvre est traduite dans plus de trente pays.

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