Check Murakami Haruki Novels before the Nobel Prize!

Haruki Murakami is best known for his realist come absurdist fiction work. His work is recognized globally for high-end creativity and unique perspective that opens the minds of the readers. Most of his work is built around an obsessive urge that explores the inner core in order to understand human identity.

Personal life and accomplishments

Having been born in Kyoto, Japan, most of his work reflects the Japanese culture although his writing style and standpoint in life was heavily influenced by western culture. Between his birth and his first novel, Murakami graduates in Modern arts, get married, and owns a jazz bar in Tokyo.

Murakami is not only a Japanese writer but also a global writer. This is because his work does not only depict the Japanese culture but also examines and address questions regarding human. Some of the issues addressed by Murakami work include; What is the nature of the individual self? How does the global age perceive success and happiness?

What is his best work?

The writer has devoted his work to teaching the society about the human mind and how we can harness its potential. His teachings are not only entertaining but also powerful. Let us look at some of the best work from this author.

1. Norwegian wood


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Having written a number of other novels that did not have much publicity, Murakami finally had a breakthrough with this novel titled Norwegian Wood. This novel is centered on a story of the student years of Toru Watanabe along his experience with two ladies. It is set in Kyoto, Tokyo in 1960. This book was a major hit in the 1980s among students and was used as inspiration to individuals who were passionate about contemporary politics as well as social action. This book is a number one best seller in Japan having sold over 11 million copies since its publication.

2. 1Q84


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Published in 2009 this is probably the most widely recognized work from this author. The novel had a remarkable popularity that saw it selling 1.5 million copies in its first month of publication. This novel was centered on a risky topic of fringe religious groups, which was a delicate matter in Japan from the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo terrorist attack. The book is based on an idea that a single action can change a person’s life path.

3. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


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This novel revolves around Tsukuru Tazaki who tries to find out why his friends locked him out of their group after he leaves Nagoya and attends a college in Tokyo. His desire to understand these misgivings takes him halfway across the world to Finland where he has to face some hard truth about his own inner self. This is story is about forgiveness, betrayal, as well as growing up. This book was published in 2013 and sold one million copies in one month.

What’s more?

The above novels are some of the best works of Haruki Murakami that you will definitely find interesting. Although Murakami has not yet won the Nobel Prize of literature even after been nominated consecutively for many years, there is a high chance of him being awarded the prize in the coming years.