Books by Haruki Murakami

Born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949, Haruki Murakami grew up in Kobe and now lives near Tokyo. The most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe. His work has been trans


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Orwellian dystopia, sci-fi, the modern world (terrorism, drugs, apathy, pop novels)—all blend in this dreamlike, strange and wholly unforgettable epic."
"Things are not what they seem." If Murakami's (After Dark, 2008, etc.) ambitious, sprawling and thoroughly stunning new novel had a tagline, that would be it. Read full book review >
WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by Haruki Murakami
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Though the insights don't resonate on the level of his novels, as always Murakami employs his artful, lucid prose to good effect."
The celebrated novelist contemplates one of his favorite pastimes. Read full book review >
AFTER DARK by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2007

"A seductive and gratifying intellectual and romantic adventure."
Casual acquaintances and complete strangers alike meet and pass during the small hours of a Tokyo night, in the terse, riddling new novel from Japanese master Murakami (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, stories, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A superlative display of a great writer's wares. Absolutely essential."
Unrequited or lost love, unrealized dreams and bizarre experiences that unfold into deeper mysteries, in 25 stories drawn from the prominent Japanese writer's entire career. Read full book review >
KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2005

"A masterpiece, entirely Nobel-worthy."
Two mysterious quests form the core of Murakami's absorbing seventh novel, whose encyclopedic breadth recalls his earlier successes, A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997). Read full book review >
AFTER THE QUAKE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"This writer goes from strength to strength. Magnificent."
Surrealism, fantasy, and powerfully restrained emotion are the distinctive features of six spectacularly original and gripping linked stories: the latest from the internationally renowned Japanese author of Sputnik Sweetheart (2001), etc. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A rattling chronicle of violence and terror."
A supremely discomfiting piece of literary journalism of the effects of the Tokyo subway gas attacks, all the more disturbing on account of its subdued voice, from Japanese novelist Murakami (Sputnik Sweetheart, p. 75, etc.). Read full book review >
SPUTNIK SWEETHEART by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2001

"Reminiscent of both Antonioni's classic film L'Avventura and Murakami's own Norwegian Wood (2000): an irresistibly plaintive dramatization of the differences and distances that preclude and frustrate the human need for connection."
This latest from the acclaimed Japanese author of A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997) is an equally deft and affecting dramatization of recent postwar alienation and anomie. Read full book review >
NORWEGIAN WOOD by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A contemporary equivalent of This Side of Paradise or Vile Bodies, and another solid building-block in one of contemporary fiction's most energetic and impressive bodies of work."
A first US appearance of a novel originally published in 1987, this crisp portrayal of "flaming youth" in the late 1960s proves one of Murakami's most appealing—if uncharacteristic—books. Read full book review >
SOUTH OF THE BORDER, WEST OF THE SUN by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Whichever, it's only middling Murakami—what we—all have to make do with until the next wild sheep or wind-up bird comes along."
This latest from the internationally celebrated Japanese author of A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997) eschews Murakami's trademark comic extravagance, offering instead a muted portrayal of dream-driven midlife crisis. Read full book review >
THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1997

"On a canvas stretched from Manchuria to Malta, and with sound effects from strange birdcalls to sleigh bells in cyberspace, this is a fully mature, engrossing tale of individual and national destinies entwined. It will be hard to surpass."
Not merely a big book from the broadly respected Murakami (Dance Dance Dance, 1994, etc.), but a major work bringing signature themes of alienation, dislocation, and nameless fears through the saga of a gentle man forced to trade the familiar for the utterly unknown. Read full book review >
DANCE DANCE DANCE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

Once again, Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland, 1991) limns in meticulous detail the life of an ordinary young man irrevocably changed by a troubling encounter with another world—this time, in a sequel to his debut novel, A Wild Sheep Chase (1989). Like most Murakami protagonists, the divorced narrator is a savvy consumer of everything current from music to food, but he's also a realist—a journalist who writes unsigned features and describes his work as "shovelling snow—you do it because somebody's got to, not because it's fun." Read full book review >

THE ELEPHANT VANISHES by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 1993

A seamless melding of Japanese cultural nuances with universal themes—in a virtuoso story collection from rising literary star Murakami (A Wild Sheep Chase, 1989; Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, 1991). These 15 pieces, some of which have appeared in The New Yorker and Playboy, are narrated by different characters who nonetheless share similar sensibilities and attitudes. Read full book review >

HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"One of those rare postmodern novels that is as intellectually profound as stylistically accomplished, by a writer with a bold and original vision."
Winner of the Tanizaki Literary prize (the Japanese equivalent of the Pulitzer), by acclaimed young Japanese novelist Murakami: a stunning combination of the contemporary and brash with elegiac allegory, all topped off by a strong measure of cyberpunk. Read full book review >