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Haruki Murakami Books In Order

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Publication Order of The Rat Books

Hear the Wind Sing (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pinball, 1973 (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wild Sheep Chase (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dance, Dance, Dance (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kishidancho Goroshi Books

Killing Commendatore (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Norwegian Wood (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
South of the Border, West of the Sun (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sputnik Sweetheart (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kafka on the Shore (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
After Dark (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
1Q84 (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The City and Its Uncertain Walls (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Desire (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kangaroo Weather (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Strange Library (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drive My Car (With: Ted Goossen) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birthday Girl (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Elephant Vanishes (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the Quake (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vintage Murakami (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Men Without Women (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Person Singular: Stories (With: Philip Gabriel) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (With: Ry?nosuke Akutagawa) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Haruki Murakami Manga Stories 1: Super-Frog Saves Tokyo, The Seventh Man, Birthday Girl, Where I'm Likely to Find It (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murakami Diary 2009 (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
村上さんのところ (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Novelist as a Vocation (With: Philip Gabriel,Ted Goossen) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haruki Murakami Goes to Meet Hayao Kawai (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Absolutely on Music (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murakami 2020 Diary (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love (With: Philip Gabriel) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Campfire Collection: Spine-tingling Tales to Tell in the Dark(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vintage Book of Amnesia(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birthday Stories(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Read Real Japanese Essays(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Modern Stories(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories to Get You Through the Night(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
AQA GCSE Anthology Sunlight on the Grass(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Selected Love Stories(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freeman's: Arrival(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Haruki Murakami BiographyAbout Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan on January 12, 1949. Born during the post-World War 2 baby boom, he spent his younger days in Aishya, Kobe, and Shukugawa. Murakamis’ father was the son of a Buddhist priest and his mother was the daughter of an Osaka merchant. Murakami was raised in a household where both parents taught Japanese literature. Murakamis’ literary inspirations branched out to Western and European writers. This influence distinguished his works from other Japanese writers.

Murakami was a successful student of drama at Waseda University in Tokyo. At Waseda University, he met his wife, Yoko Takahashi. Murakamis’ first job was at a record store, from there he went on to open a jazz bar and coffeehouse with his wife called the Peter Cat in Kokubunji, Tokyo. The bar had an ambitious run from 1974 to 1981.

Murakami is also an avid marathon runner and triathlon aficionado. Murakami did not start running until he was 33-years-old. He endured his first ultramarathon on June 23,1996, a rigorous 100-kilometer race around Lake Saroma in Hokkaido, Japan. He later went into detail about his love of running in his memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (2008). It seems as though Murakamis’ life is deeply interwoven into his protagonists. In fact, it has been theorized that his characters are directly related to his life experiences. He uses these characters separately, not as a whole but as different entities to combat his inner demons. His memoir is a testament to how far he pushes himself to succeed.

The Creative Works of Haruki MurakamiMurakami seamlessly creates a link to the process of his writing to the athletic perseverance of his marathon running. Murakamis’ ambition continues to lead him on a fruitful path. Endurance and concentration with a desire to develop talent reigns as a guiding force and practice. Murakami has a talent for training himself to defeat the odds. He outlines a concise mechanism, training the brain, in particular, to seek a guided understanding of every type of potential that he can accomplish.

His first groundbreaking novel, Hear the Wind Sing, was written when he was just 29-years-old. While watching a baseball game, he had a revelation as Dave Hilton came up to bat at the Jingu Stadium. Within the moment of sheer actualization, he realized that he could write a novel. Murakami claims to have never written or created anything before it.

Hear the Wind Sing entails a young man who meets a new friend at a bar in the summer of 1970. The books’ plot deals with depression as the character lost one of his girlfriends to suicide. The protagonist must battle how he has internalized his behaviors. The book follows the Trilogy of the Rat, being the first installment of the series. Hear the Wind Sing was featured in the powerful literary magazine, Gunzo, in Japan. The second installment, Pinball 1973 wraps itself around a protagonists’ short but all-consuming obsession with pinball. Seeing that these books deal with detachment, subconscious pain, and struggling to gain purpose when one feels purposeless, the pinball is used as a cathartic symbol. It demonstrates an attachment to aimless things that hold childhood memories that one wants to go back into. Where at one time, a goal was as simple as getting a plastic ball into a hole. In adulthood, there is a realization that the complexities of life are not that simple anymore. However, the catch is that the person either becomes the ball, the hole or the board. The choice deeply roots itself in the continual process of figuring that out. Trilogy of the Rat seems to mirror Murakamis’ life and translates into the eternity of paper and words that convey strength in solitude. Haruki Murakami goes on to delve into his psyche full of loss, enchanting readers with A Wild Sheep Chase. This is the third book in the Trilogy of the Rat series. The story continues to emphasize psychological redemption.

Murakamis’ works, misunderstood by many, has helped his seemingly macabre style obtain awards such as the Noma Literary Award for New Writers, Yomiuri Literary Award for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, World Fantasy Award, and a plethora of other eternal commencements for his works. Alienation and understanding human nature are themes that Murakami writes with passion and detachment. The real question is if his fixation on these motifs has played a role in his own catharsis. The reader is enthralled by how he has admitted to avoiding socializing with other writers, he seeks retreat in himself. Fans place themselves in a position to empathize the confusion of the human experience.

Philosophical contexts that deal with postmodernism, existentialism, and sexuality will always be relatable in films. Murakami illuminates realities of the real and surreal in order to portray reality as it is. Influenced by dueling perceptions and the violence of will versus societal molding. Murakamis’ message in his works will always find their way in curious hands.

Film Adaptions of Murakamis’ Works

Hear the Wind Sing was adapted by Kazuki Omori in 1981 for a Theatre Art Guild. Another classic, Attack on the Berry was released in 1982, directed by Naoto Yamakawa. In 1983, A Girl, She Is 100 Percent, was additionally directed by Naoto Yamakawa.

There have been plenty of film adaptions and theatrical efforts based off of Murakamis’ unique and transcendental works. His Western influences have given him the reputation of being extraordinarily experimental. Carlos Cuaron directed The Second Bakery Attack, starring Kirsten Dunst in 2010. Granz Genman channeled elements based on the same short story for his 1998 movie, Der Eisbaer.

Tony Takitanti, a short story, was adapted by Japanese film director, Jun Ichikawa. Ichikawa transformed it into a 75-minute film debuted at festivals in Los Angeles and New York on July 29, 2005. In 2010, Tran Anh Hung turned the novel, Norwegian Wood, into a drama that was shown in Japanese theaters. Murakami enthusiasts dedicate screenplays and their own works of art, only to touch the surface of the literary mask he wears. Murakamis’ works are easy to turn into magnificent works of art on the screen.

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