In anticipation of the Wii U Virtual Console release of EarthBound
(Mother 2), Nintendo asked series creator Shiegato Itoi
) to say a few words about the game. What he wrote is nostalgic, heartfelt and perhaps even a little bit wise
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I prepared for my first-ever trip to Japan, this summer, almost entirely by immersing myself in the work of Haruki Murakami. This turned out to be a horrible idea.
For his cover article
on the novelist Haruki Murakami, Sam Anderson visited some key places from Murakami’s life and work.
The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami
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Town Of Cats
is a new story by cult Japanese author Haruki Murakami.
Where I'm Likely To Find It
is a new short story by Japanese
author Haruki Murakami
(previously discussed here
). The story is similar in feel to his latest novel, Kafka on the Shore
which was released in English this year.
"Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing direction.
You change direction, but the sandstorm chases you".
writes about love
and -- in his new novel "Kafka on the Shore" -- mackerel raining from the sky
. He is so famous
that he was forced to flee the country
, and now the rest
of the globe (.pdf file)
catching on to his singular vision
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is one of Japan's most widely translated authors
, yet he still answers his readers emails
. He has compared the process of writing to simultaneously designing and playing a video game
. He is sometimes dismissed as a pop-writer, but the fifty-something's life
have already garnered him a critical autobiography
. He has investigated
and written about the Aum Shinrikyo
sarin attacks for his book, Underground
. His novel, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
, transcends elements of both cyberpunk and detective fiction through a combination of surreal allegory and an almost stoic immediacy. It all begins with the impossibly slow ascent of an elevator