Where I'm Likely To Find It
May 3, 2005 1:13 PM   Subscribe

Where I'm Likely To Find It is a new short story by Japanese author Haruki Murakami (previously discussed here and here). The story is similar in feel to his latest novel, Kafka on the Shore which was released in English this year.
posted by grapefruitmoon (11 comments total)
Interesting profiles! I just bought Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World but haven't had a chance to start it yet.
posted by hyperizer at 1:38 PM on May 3, 2005

Thanks...I really enjoy Haruki Murakami...
posted by srboisvert at 1:47 PM on May 3, 2005

I hope that one day too, I will find what it is.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 1:48 PM on May 3, 2005

Excellent story. I think - and I am including his nonfiction in this, as Underground and his other essays are really absolutely excellent - he has become in recent years one of the world's finest living authors. Even not counting Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and the newest novel (both of which are really first-rate), I can only think of a half-dozen other novelists and essayists who resonate with their readers the way Murakami does. I know that's not the only measure of success or skill, and there is plenty more to him than simply a readership's emotional response. But still - there is something hidden in his work, like the secret path that the protagonist of this story is looking for. I'm not sure if it is ever explicitly announced, even in less-subtle novels like Hard-Boiled Wonderland. But there is something there. I can't explicate.
posted by luriete at 2:05 PM on May 3, 2005

He has a thing for elephants.
posted by clockzero at 2:51 PM on May 3, 2005

For the hardcore fans looking for more of his stuff in english, there is an excellent Japanese fan site that has an amazing stockpile of his works available in English (including the elusive Pinball 1973) as well as dozens of other short stories that fans have graciously translated (scroll down for the internet-only section). There are even pictures of him running in several marathons.
posted by anonymousbureacrat at 3:46 PM on May 3, 2005

Thanks for the link! (prints story)
posted by May Kasahara at 5:27 PM on May 3, 2005

Thanks. I think I'm going to check out some of his other stuff.
posted by philcliff at 5:34 PM on May 3, 2005

this is good. thank you.
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:16 PM on May 3, 2005

Wow, that site is amazing... my mouth is a little open.
posted by goodglovin77 at 9:45 PM on May 3, 2005

Oh, also: does anyone know if there's an English translation anywhere of Let's Meet in a Dream, the book he did with Shigesato Itoi? He made Earthbound, if anyone remembers that, so the thought of him and Murakami writing a book together...
posted by goodglovin77 at 9:48 PM on May 3, 2005

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