Haruki Murakami Other literary forms

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Haruki Murakami (myur-ah-kah-mee) is also an accomplished writer of short fiction, and English translations of his many stories are collected in The Elephant Vanishes (1993), Kami no kodomotachi wa mina odoru (2000; After the Quake: Stories, 2002), and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2006). Murakami is also a translator of international reputation, translating the works of American writers such as Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Raymond Chandler, Tim O’Brien, and Paul Theroux into Japanese. Finally, Murakami’s significant contributions as a journalist should not be overlooked, particularly Andaguraundo (1997; Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, 2000), his moving account of the 1995 sarin gas attack in a Tokyo subway by members of the religious group Aum Shinrikyo. Considered to be journalistic literature, Underground includes a series of interviews with victims and perpetrators of the attacks.