Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

by Jay Rubin

Paperback, 2002




Harvill Pub (2002), 288 pages

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LibraryThing member PaulMysterioso
Jay Rubin has translated several of Haruki Murakami's novels into English and interviewed him extensively over a number of years. But Rubin is not just a mere translator, he is also a fan of Murakami's work and this book is an invaluable introduction to Murakami the person as well as a look at his influences.
LibraryThing member tedmahsun
Probably of interest only to hardcore Murakami fans. Includes some interesting trivia of Murakami and his wife, Yoko, and provides insight to almost all of Murakami's major works.
LibraryThing member tronella
A biography of Murakami focusing on his fiction, but also discussing his translations and his love of jazz, among other things. Now I want to reread all his books... and in fact after reading this I think I may not have actually ever read A Wind-up Bird Chronicle, so I'd better get on that!

The book is a little repetitive in its choice of quotes somehow and I found it a little weird when the author (Rubin) spoke about himself in the third person in one part, but otherwise it was a good read. But if you aren't already quite familiar with at least most of Murakami's novels, this would probably just be an incomprehensible spoiler party.… (more)


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