Thursday, January 24, 2013
Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2013
This is the first reading challenge that I have joined, and as I usually read a few Murakami books every year, it seemed a natural choice.
I first became interested in Murakami through the film director Wong Kar-Wai. I mentioned him in my guest post on January in Japan as introducing me to Osamu Dazai. I have to credit him once again for bringing another giant of Japanese literature to may attention. Many years ago, in the course of my so-called research about Wong Kar-Wai, I came across the information that Murakami's short story "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning" was an influence for his film Chungking Express. You can read more about the connection here and here.
So for this reading challenge, I plan to read:
Hear The Wind Sing
A Wild Sheep Chase
Dance, Dance, Dance
The Elephant Vanishes
While I guess 5 books puts me at the Toru level of participation, I will graciously decline that level and remain at the Sheep Man level, which I believe is more fitting.
Speaking of the Sheep Man, thanks to Tony of Tony's Reading List, I ran across the story "The Sheep Man's Christmas" on a post at brilliantyears, with a link to a translation here. Will have to add that one to the challenge too.