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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193333066X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933330662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Fun book with color photographs of book covers, A++ seller
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My enthusiasm got me slightly off-track. While I'm one of the legion of Haruki Murakami fans worldwide, this collection of articles from a very serious gathering of devotees is pretty dry stuff. If you're really into details of what makes up the huge international Murakami readership, largely in a sociological or demographic context, this might be right up your alley. Otherwise, you're likely to be disappointed.
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Some essays based on talks given at a Haruki Murakami seminar in Japan. Very interesting for the Murakami fan.
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