Haruki Murakami is one of most experimental Japanese novelist whose books are translated in English. He is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels inhabit the liminal zone between realism and fable, whodunit and science fiction.
Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan on January 12, 1949. Haruki probably inherited the passion for writing from his parents who were teachers of Japanese literature. Haruki, however, was never a big fan of Japanese literature and was instead under heavy influence of Western culture. He has been criticized on being overly westernized by the Japanese on several occasions.
Haruki Murakami is an iconic figure of postmodern literature known mostly for his unreal, humorous work focusing on the loneliness and empty mindedness of Japan’s work dominated generation.
Whenever you walk into a bookstore, chance is high that you will always encounter at least several copies of Haruki Murakami’s work.
He is a front-runner of Nobel Prize in Literature of this year.
It is announced today.