Haruki Murakami World Literature Analysis - Essay

Haruki Murakami World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Murakami slowly gravitated from pulp fiction to such authors as Franz Kafka and Fyodor Dostoevski, whom he has identified as major influences. While such writers focus on alienation and the powerlessness of humans caught up in an indifferent universe, Murakami’s approach to these themes is less dark. He offers a more benign alienation, to which his characters respond not with rage but shrugs. While violence occurs occasionally, for the most part his characters sit around talking about whatever pops into their heads. Given his concern with loss and meaninglessness, his fiction is surprisingly sweet-natured.

Early in his career, Murakami was attacked by older Japanese writers for not writing in the accepted style. He...

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