Short Story Collections by Haruki Murakami: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, the Elephant Vanishes, After the Quake by Books LLCIf you have never read Haruki Murakami, dont start here. You will most likely finish the first story, stare into space, look at the book again, put it down and never pick it up again. Murakami is an acquired taste...start with some of his earlier novels which are less tentatively anchored to reality (I stress LESS tentatively). Even though Ive read much of Murakamis oeuvre, the first few stories in this compilation left me with that you must be really slow to have missed something obvious that gives this some kind of meaning feeling. However, I know that I will come back to these stories at some point in the future and will leave them with more satisfaction, although not necessarily clarity. That is what is so brilliant about his writing...its not really about the meaning, but more being pulled into a state of being that is somewhere in between dreams, hallucinations, and startling insight. And I love that feeling.
26+ Haruki Murakami Short Stories, Essays, Interviews, and Speeches
I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. These Haruki Murakami short stories and essays are available to read online for free. That is their limit, which is pretty generous. As most fans and students of Murakami know, many of these stories find their ways into his longer works. They do stand alone and are fun to read independent from the longer novels or short story collections.
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We love books. Whether it is James Bond or Scandinavian noir, the idea is to celebrate bestsellers across the world and discover more about the unknown faces behind forgotten books. And then a feeling of utter helplessness washes over as the realisation of nostalgia, fate and tragedy come to the fore together. This is what a Murakami story does — with some jazz, The Beatles or Bach and Beethoven tuning inside your mind. The beauty of his work lies in fantastical stories that are embellished in reality and his lonely, nomadic characters that are left searching for the green light in the ruins of themselves. Laika comes to mind when I first think of Sputnik, the Russian satellite that was carrying a rescue dog who was used for space research.