Haruki Murakami … not lost in translation

Haruki Murakami, born 1949, is a contemporary Japanese writer. He has been described as being among the world’s greatest living novelists. His work has been translated into 50 languages and his best-selling books have sold millions of copies. His published works include A Wild Sheep Chase (1982), Norwegian Wood (1987), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995), Kafka on the Shore (2002) and IQ84 (2009)


 Haruki Murakami was interviewed by the Paris Review in 2004 for their Art of Fiction series. He was asked about his writing routine.

I’m a hard worker. When I”m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at. 4 a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometres or swim for fifteen hundred metres (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9 p.m. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing … but to hold to such repetition for so long – six months to a year – requires a good amount of mental and physical strength.


The author’s desk …


… and imported pencils!






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