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Some of Murakami's Books

Updated on June 12, 2017

It has been 5 years since I discovered this japanese author, Haruki Murakami, and to this day, I can say that it is one of my favorites. His narrative tends to be surreal; the topics he writes about may vary but the essence is the same: slightly melancholic, combined with very different fairy tales endings.

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami giving a lecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005.
Japanese writer Haruki Murakami giving a lecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. | Source

Let´s start


This is the first book I knew of him, which tells the story of Aomame, an assassin who works under covered and Tengo, a math teacher who has to correct a manuscript called "Air Chrysalis". These two characters share a past. They met when they were children and years later will share something more special: a parallel world.

Different circumstances have led them to a world where everything appears normal, except that there are 2 moons and is controlled by a "Leader". If these two want to get out of that place, they should find each other first and then fight to achieve it.

From this story have been released 3 books! And there are so many things that can be still written, so I hope he surprises with another one!

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the end of the World

This book contains a lot of imagination. The book has two stories, the first one is about "A Calcutec", a man of 35 years with a great capacity to observe and one of the best at what he works, not to mention that he is one of the few people who possess peculiar skills. This Calcutec begins to do a job for a scientist that hired him, but this is the beginning of his end. At the same time, tells the story of a man who arrives to "The End of the world", a place full of creatures, and begins to work "Reading Dreams" along with a girl, known as the Librarian.

At first, it might seem that these two stories have no relationship, but as the story develops we find an unexpected ending that makes each fact fit perfectly.

Men without Women

This book contains short stories. In each one, Murakami reaveals from his point of view how men suffer when they lose a woman or fell in love of one, but this love is not reciprocated or fades with time.

The stories are:

  • Drive My Car
  • Yesterday
  • An Independent Organ
  • Scheherazade
  • Kino
  • Samsa in Love
  • Men Without Women

Murakami's books are full of fantasy and surrealism
Murakami's books are full of fantasy and surrealism | Source

And let´s not forget

The wind-up Bird Chronicle

The book is divided in two parts, but focuses on Tōru, a young married lawyer who has left his employment. Everything changes in his world when he received a phone call and the disappearance of the couple´s cat. From these facts Tōru´s world becomes distorted, giving way to fantasy and dreams.

After Dark

in this story there are two sisters, Eri, the oldest and most beautiful, and Mari, who feels inferior to her sister in beauty, but makes up for it with good grades in school. There is a distant relationship between them and their lives change in only one night. Mari´s adventure begins when she goes for a coffee at a restaurant and talks to an old friend of her sister. Meanwhile Eri is deeply asleep in a room and in front of her there is a TV that sudenly turns on, that is the moment when her nightmare begins.

Personally, I love all his books. The main reason is that Murakami impresses readers with landscapes and highly descriptive characters that allows to dive more into his mind.

Will you give him a chance?

What books have you read?

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