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A Wild Haruki Chase: Reading Murakami Around the World Paperback – April 1, 2008


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193333066X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933330662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Japan Foundation, the only organization in Japan engaged in international cultural exchange in every region of the world, is contributing to world peace by promoting dialogue and interaction between Japanese and other peoples through the medium of culture. It consists of 19 overseas offices in 18 countries, with headquarters in Tokyo, an office in Kyoto and two language institutes.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Fox on April 30, 2008
Much is often made of Murakami Haruki and his novels as a worldwide phenomenon, and some mention of how many languages his novels have been translated into is part and parcel of just about any blurb about the author. And yet this short little volume is one of the first and only books (in English at least) to take this fact seriously as a subject of reflection in its own right. Based somewhat on some of the presentations given at a 2006 symposium hosted by the Japan Foundation, "A Wild Haruki Chase" consists of an enjoyably random selection of articles by various people variously involved with Murakami's fictional world--as translators, as fellow novelists, as scholars, as actors (in the film "Tony Takitani"), as reporters and amateur marketing analysts, and so on.

As is common with books of this sort of format, the quality is also a bit randomly variable. Jay Rubin's introduction is nice, as deeply reflective as it is deceptively offhand and refreshingly facetious. Richard Powers offers some intriguingly thought-provoking and speculative meditations on Murakami's fiction, globalization, and the complexity of the human brain. Many of the other articles are interesting in their own ways, though sometimes perhaps a bit unpolished and loosely organized. That said, perhaps that's an advantage. Like Murakami's fiction itself, this casual, rambling style can startlingly open up into sudden insights and instructive perspectives--plus, some sense of the fun of such a symposium comes through therein.
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Marketing material with little substance. Makes a decent coaster, but it is not to be taken as a work that provides a deeper understanding of the author. The best part of this book is honestly was the cover, which shows various covers from around the world.
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I was a little surprised that this book was actually much smaller than I'd anticipated. I think originally I was under the impression that it would be mainstream hardback size and would contain dozens of pictures of his book covers from other countries- as it is written in English, there's hardly any reason for primarily the English/American covers to comprise half of the photos. However, the written content was quite interesting. It was especially gratifying to read Philip Gabriel's perspective on the matter of translation and the massively complex process involved with interpreting and rewriting the words and dreams of this masterful author. One point that is pervasive throughout the essays is that the translators are rarely acknowledged for the work that they do, and are certainly a vague afterthought in relation to Murakami's books. They are the fundamental key in devouring his novels for the international readers, and getting to glimpse their thoughts on his works and his impact was wonderful. A very nice piece addition to a Murakami collection, but by no means a must.
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This collection of essays is an easy introduction to the academic world of translating and analyzing Murakami. Needless to say, some essays are more interesting than others; the essays delineating Murakami's rise in popularity in his own country and other places are trivial and just okay; however, I really enjoyed some of the analyses about neurological soul-sharing and how Murakami was inspired by Lu Xun.

The details of the Murakami symposium are extraneous yet cute at the same time. I couldn't help but smile when reading that the symposium attendees insisted on visiting the hotel that might have inspired the Dolphin Hotel from "A Wild Sheep Chase" and "Dance Dance Dance". This collection of essays is also an attempt at expressing the inexplicable feelings that many readers experience when reading Murakami. This book is an interesting read that would help me enjoy and appreciate Murakami more when I read his works the second time around.
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