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Songs from Haruki Murakami’s Books


This is an interesting phenomena, when I began reading Haruki Murakami novels, my life started being like them. That’s their special magic. His books leave the constraints of high-literary formalism that sends his readers back to an earlier period of their own aesthetic joy, and brings fiction back to its childlike, ecstatic roots. Murakami is frequently surrealistic and melancholic or fatalistic, marked by a Kafkaesque rendition of the ‘recurrent themes of alienation and loneliness’ that he weaves into his narratives. He surely must be considered among the world’s greatest living novelists for his works and achievements. We won’t find the likes of Murakami again, I’m sure. Tim Martin writes,

Most disconcertingly, perhaps, he gives the impression of being just as baffled by his own wayward, metaphysical fiction as his readers are. “It’s very spontaneous, you know,” he shrugged at one point. “I write what I want to write, and I’ll find what I want to write while I’m writing.” ~The Telegraph

I read ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,’ his 13th novel, and was forced to continually put it aside to delay reaching the end of the book.

His next book ‘Strange Library’ is due out in December 20014. A fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.

Anyway, my point for this article is to introduce you to Haruki Murakami and draw you to the fact that he is a music fanatic (he named his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood for the Beatles song of the same name), often peppering the text of his books with songs that are sometimes integral to the plot and sometimes just there for colour. Here are two playlist from bands and artists woven delicately into his fabulous novels.

Further, Murakami’s books are also interwoven with recipes and these also have made there way to the web.


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