Often, in this column, we talk about particular works from different authors, highlighting their best works that go unnoticed. However, this week it’s different – there is no one singular work by this author that could be pushed over any other because they are all equally, individually wonderful and strike the fancies of readers worldwide. Let’s take a look at the works of Haruki Murakami.
Often regarded as a “hipster” author due to his fan base, Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese author who has dabbled in non-fiction, short stories, and novels. His works are often centered in his native country of Japan, dealing with the delicate separation between reality and fantasy, as well as the drama of human relationships and the processing of trauma and loss. His work, while sometimes dense and difficult to understand, retains the flow of poetry even in its translated forms. His characters are in-depth, flawed, and even tragic, more flesh than idealism.
While Murakami has only written a handful of novels, there is no one single book I could recommend more than any other. All his work is unique and thrills different people in different ways. My best advice when tackling this author is to start wherever you want. Of my own personal recommendations, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, 1Q84, and After Dark are all great reads varying in length and topic. If you haven’t read his work yet, I highly encourage you to give it a shot.