We all know who Haruki Murakami is. For those who do not, he is one of the most influential living writers of the current time. This 65 year old contemporary Japanese writer has gained international momentum in his works of fiction and non-fiction since the last few decades and is already a deity in Japan. His works has been translated in more than 50 languages all over the world selling multi million copies and receiving various critical acclamation and literary awards both in Japan and worldwide.
In his myriad of fictional worlds and characters, the environment is often surreal. Rendering through themes of alienation, his books offer a queer and chaotic pattern without any possible explanation. And as the good old quotes go, the same line tells you different things and different times. These clichés amd the myriad of awkwardly arranged words makes him stand aloof the crowd, and that’s the bird that winds up our rhetorical emotions.
So, why should you read Murakami apart from the reason that he is insanely famous for his literary works and is pertained by nihilism? Here are 3 reasons to calm your curiosity.
In ‘Kafka on the shore’ he writes, “Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room likes the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air; change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
See, that’s what we are talking about. His words are like entering a storm- a nostalgic journey. You won’t know how you made it through or is it really over. But one thing is certain; you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what Murakami is all about.
These abstentious professions of enigmatic settings are his weapons. His writings are not out of the world; neither is he the best sentence-to sentence writer. He is just plain different. He never cares to explain what really is happening in the setting and with his handsomely interesting characters stirred up within deep emotions. Everything just flows within the storyline and there’s a never a proper ending. It just stops, as life.
Murakami is known not for his views on the society reclusions, or the inner working of a certain lifestyle. You go to him not for the contentiousness, but the working of human brain and the way it dreams. Dreams are a very integral being and he says, it’s the only right thing to do.
Works like Norwegian wood are experiments he believed in, something he could feel as totally realistic. Certainly, it had some torned up characters and life settings. Love is no fairy-tale – a commotion that everyone believes in but what Murakami made out of love in the work is completely outstanding and breaks the wall barriers that engulfed the stereotypes. And for people like me, it was ‘la di viva’
“……..I’m looking for selfishness. Perfect selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want to eat strawberry shortcake. And you stop everything you’re doing and run out and buy it for me. And you come back out of breath and get down on your knees and hold this strawberry shortcake out to me. And I say I don’t want it anymore and throw it out the window. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Such simple lines perfectly define what we yearn for at times at which these things are utterly important. And how much you try to deny it, that’s what love is all about. Well, contradictions in opinions may occur.
His words are mostly fancy and full of cliché but also he is a master in devouring perfect combinations in creating something new, that doesn’t cease to exist in the world, yet is always there. This artistic endeavor helps him in storytelling in a way that no one could.
It would be safe to say, he’s not just writing books; he is creating art.
Murakami is not one who is constantly appearing on media for interviews and chat shows. He seldom gives talks and interviews. He never reveals much about the book until its release, and is reluctant to keep a limited distance from media.
His window to the world, for his views on the current ongoing of the world is his books. That is what counts and that is what he’s reluctant at. He comes aloud as inspiration. Writing is his deal and he follows the routine and says that he would continue to do so until he is bored to death. This enigma makes him apart from the just another Japanese writer to an international sensation.
His current book is Colorless Tsukuru which is clearing up the bookshelves and is already a bestseller by now. His other books like The wind up bird chronicle and Norwegian wood are considered his best success.