Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Author : Haruki Murakami
Publisher : Random House
Total Pages : 416
Release : 2011-10-10
ISBN 10 : 9781448103683
ISBN 13 : 1448103681
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Book Description:

A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami's international following. Tracking one man's descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders
Author : Elena V. Shabliy
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2021
ISBN 10 : 9781666900354
ISBN 13 : 1666900354
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders Book Description:

This book identifies, through an interdisciplinary lens, literary works that treat the theme of the journey from multiple angles: religious, psychological, psychoanalytical, philosophical, educational, and historical.

The Paris Review Interviews IV

The Paris Review Interviews  IV
Author : The Paris Review
Publisher : Picador
Total Pages : 496
Release : 2009-10-27
ISBN 10 : 9781429980227
ISBN 13 : 1429980222
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Paris Review Interviews IV Book Description:

For more than fifty years, The Paris Review has brought us revelatory and revealing interviews with the literary lights of our age. This critically acclaimed series continues with another eclectic lineup, including Philip Roth, Ezra Pound, Haruki Murakami, Marilynne Robinson, Stephen Sondheim, E. B. White, Maya Angelou, William Styron and more. In each of these remarkable extended conversations, the authors touch every corner of the writing life, sharing their ambitions, obsessions, inspirations, disappointments, and the most idiosyncratic details of their writing habits. The collected interviews of The Paris Reviews are, as Gary Shteyngart put it, "a colossal literary event."

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami
Author : David Karashima
Publisher : Catapult
Total Pages : 304
Release : 2020-09-01
ISBN 10 : 9781593765903
ISBN 13 : 1593765908
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami Book Description:

How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? A "fascinating" look at the "business of bringing a best-selling novelist to a global audience" (The Atlantic)―and a “rigorous” exploration of the role of translators and editors in the creation of literary culture (The Paris Review). Thirty years ago, when Haruki Murakami’s works were first being translated, they were part of a series of pocket-size English-learning guides released only in Japan. Today his books can be read in fifty languages and have won prizes and sold millions of copies globally. How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? This book tells one key part of the story. Its cast includes an expat trained in art history who never intended to become a translator; a Chinese American ex-academic who never planned to work as an editor; and other publishing professionals in New York, London, and Tokyo who together introduced a pop-inflected, unexpected Japanese voice to the wider literary world. David Karashima synthesizes research, correspondence, and interviews with dozens of individuals—including Murakami himself—to examine how countless behind-the-scenes choices over the course of many years worked to build an internationally celebrated author’s persona and oeuvre. His careful look inside the making of the “Murakami Industry" uncovers larger questions: What role do translators and editors play in framing their writers’ texts? What does it mean to translate and edit “for a market”? How does Japanese culture get packaged and exported for the West?

Dances with Sheep

Dances with Sheep
Author : Matthew Strecher
Publisher : U of M Center for Japanese Studies
Total Pages : 254
Release : 2020-08
ISBN 10 : 9780472038336
ISBN 13 : 0472038338
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dances with Sheep Book Description:

As a spokesman for disaffected youth of the post-1960s, Murakami Haruki has become one of the most important voices in contemporary Japanese literature, and he has gained a following in the United States through translations of his works. In Dances with Sheep, Matthew Strecher examines Murakami's fiction--and, to a lesser extent, his nonfiction--for its most prevalent structures and themes. Strecher also delves into the paradoxes in Murakami's writings that confront critics and casual readers alike. Murakami writes of "serious" themes yet expresses them in a relatively uncomplicated style that appeals to high school students as well as scholars; and his fictional work appears to celebrate the pastiche of postmodern expression, yet he rejects the effects of the postmodern on contemporary culture as dangerous.Strecher's methodology is both historical and cultural as he utilizes four distinct yet interwoven approaches to analyze Murakami's major works: the writer's "formulaic" structure with serious themes; his play with magical realism; the intense psychological underpinnings of his literary landscape; and his critique of language and its capacity to represent realities, past and present. Dances with Sheep links each of these approaches with Murakami's critical focus on the fate of individual identity in contemporary Japan. The result is that the simplicity of the Murakami hero, marked by lethargy and nostalgia, emerges as emblematic of contemporary humankind, bereft of identity, direction, and meaning. Murakami's fiction is reconstructed in Dances with Sheep as a warning against the dehumanizing effects of late-model capitalism, the homogenization of the marketplace, and the elimination of effective counterculture in Japan.

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature
Author : Susan Napier
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2005-07-22
ISBN 10 : 9781134803354
ISBN 13 : 1134803354
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature Book Description:

Modern Japan's repressed anxieties, fears and hopes come to the surface in the fantastic. A close analysis of fantasy fiction, film and comics reveals the ambivalence felt by many Japanese towards the success story of the nation in the twentieth century. The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature explores the dark side to Japanese literature and Japanese society. It takes in the nightmarish future depicted in the animated film masterpiece, Akira, and the pastoral dream worlds created by Japan's Nobel Prize winning author Oe Kenzaburo. A wide range of fantasists, many discussed here in English for the first time, form the basis for a ground-breaking analysis of utopias, dystopias, the disturbing relationship between women, sexuality and modernity, and the role of the alien in the fantastic.

Evanescence and Form

Evanescence and Form
Author : C. Inouye
Publisher : Springer
Total Pages : 260
Release : 2008-09-29
ISBN 10 : 9780230615489
ISBN 13 : 0230615481
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evanescence and Form Book Description:

This book explores the Japanese notion of hakanasa - the evanescence of all things. Responses to this idea have been various and even contradictory: asceticism, fatalism, conformism, hedonism, materialism, and careerism. This book examines the ties between an epistemology of constant change and Japan's formal emphasis on etiquette and visuality.

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy
Author : Jonathan Dil
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2022-02-24
ISBN 10 : 9781350270565
ISBN 13 : 1350270563
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy Book Description:

Haruki Murakami, a global literary phenomenon, has said that he started writing fiction as a means of self-therapy. What he has not discussed as much is what he needed self-therapy for. This book argues that by understanding more about why Murakami writes, and by linking this with the question of how he writes, readers can better understand what he writes. Murakami's fiction, in other words, can be read as a search for self-therapy. In five chapters which explore Murakami's fourteen novels to date, this book argues that there are four prominent therapeutic threads woven through Murakami's fiction that can be traced back to his personal traumas - most notably Murakami's falling out with his late father and the death of a former girlfriend – and which have also transcended them in significant ways as they have been transformed into literary fiction. The first thread looks at the way melancholia must be worked through for mourning to occur and healing to happen; the second thread looks at how symbolic acts of sacrifice can help to heal intergenerational trauma; the third thread looks at the way people with avoidant attachment styles can begin to open themselves up to love again; the fourth thread looks at how individuation can manifest as a response to nihilism. Meticulously researched and written with sensitivity, the result is a sophisticated exploration of Murakami's published novels as an evolving therapeutic project that will be of great value to all scholars of Japanese literature and culture.

Out of This World

Out of This World
Author : Rachel S. Cordasco
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Total Pages : 328
Release : 2021-12-28
ISBN 10 : 9780252052910
ISBN 13 : 0252052919
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Out of This World Book Description:

The twenty-first century has witnessed an explosion of speculative fiction in translation (SFT). Rachel Cordasco examines speculative fiction published in English translation since 1960, ranging from Soviet-era fiction to the Arabic-language dystopias that emerged following the Iraq War. Individual chapters on SFT from Korean, Czech, Finnish, and eleven other source languages feature an introduction by an expert in the language's speculative fiction tradition and its present-day output. Cordasco then breaks down each chapter by subgenre--including science fiction, fantasy, and horror--to guide readers toward the kinds of works that most interest them. Her discussion of available SFT stands alongside an analysis of how various subgenres emerged and developed in a given language. She also examines the reasons a given subgenre has been translated into English. An informative and one-of-a-kind guide, Out of This World offers readers and scholars alike a tour of speculative fiction's new globalized era.