Murakami Reflects

June 8, 2008 | 3 books mentioned 2

coverJapanese writer Haruki Murakami has a reflective piece on becoming a novelist and his love of running, presumably adapted from his forthcoming memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, in the current Summer Fiction issue of The New Yorker. The piece isn’t available online, but in it he mentions his first two novels, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973. As Ben explained a year ago, both are out of print in the U.S. and both have essentially been disowned by Murakami, who views them as something like juvenalia. However, the curious can check out our post that links to a pdf version of Pinball, 1973, along with some commentary from Ben.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. I haven't read any of Murakami's fiction, but as a considerably decent runner and a somewhat less decent thinker, his thoughts on running are suspiciously lacking. There's no intellectual rigor in his piece at all. Perhaps to a 'lay' person his thoughts seem interesting, but to anyone who's run more than a mile in their lifetime, I suspect they'll be disappointed.

  2. Oops, to clear something up, I was referring to myself as a considerably decent runner. I'm sure some people consider his 20 odd marathons decent, but piddling along at 4 hour pace is nothing to speak of.

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