Considered a significant
figure in postmodern literature, Haruki Murakami is a well-known Japanese
novelist, short-story writer, and translator. His deeply imaginative works characterized
by elements of surrealism and nihilism, have become international best sellers.
While most authors dream
of becoming famous writers from a young age, Murakami didn’t even know that he
had the skill. After studying
drama, he opened a coffeehouse and jazz bar, and writing was the last thing on
One day, as he was
watching a baseball match, he got
the sudden inspiration to write a novel – Hear the Wind Sing
– a 200-page novel which he sent to a writing contest for new writers and won
the first prize.
Murakami was never a big
fan of Japanese literature, even though both his parents taught it. However, he
inherited the passion for writing from them. The fact that he was rather influenced
by Western culture was not well received by the Japanese people, but this didn’t
make him change his writing style.
In 2006, Murakami was presented the international
literary award, Franz Kafka Prize, and today he is considered to be one of the world’s
greatest living novelists.
Here are 25 most
insightful Haruki Murakami quotes that will help you deal with life.