Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN: 1448103681
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Book Excerpt:

A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami's international following. Tracking one man's descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.

Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 400
Release: 1991
ISBN: 9784770018939
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders
Author: Elena V. Shabliy,Kimarie Engerman
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021
ISBN: 1666900354
Category: Pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders Book Excerpt:

This book identifies, through an interdisciplinary lens, literary works that treat the theme of the journey from multiple angles: religious, psychological, psychoanalytical, philosophical, educational, and historical.

The Paris Review Interviews IV

The Paris Review Interviews  IV
Author: The Paris Review
Publsiher: Picador
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2009-10-27
ISBN: 1429980222
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Paris Review Interviews IV Book Excerpt:

For more than fifty years, The Paris Review has brought us revelatory and revealing interviews with the literary lights of our age. This critically acclaimed series continues with another eclectic lineup, including Philip Roth, Ezra Pound, Haruki Murakami, Marilynne Robinson, Stephen Sondheim, E. B. White, Maya Angelou, William Styron and more. In each of these remarkable extended conversations, the authors touch every corner of the writing life, sharing their ambitions, obsessions, inspirations, disappointments, and the most idiosyncratic details of their writing habits. The collected interviews of The Paris Reviews are, as Gary Shteyngart put it, "a colossal literary event."

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami
Author: David Karashima
Publsiher: Catapult
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN: 1593765908
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami Book Excerpt:

How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? A "fascinating" look at the "business of bringing a best-selling novelist to a global audience" (The Atlantic)―and a “rigorous” exploration of the role of translators and editors in the creation of literary culture (The Paris Review). Thirty years ago, when Haruki Murakami’s works were first being translated, they were part of a series of pocket-size English-learning guides released only in Japan. Today his books can be read in fifty languages and have won prizes and sold millions of copies globally. How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? This book tells one key part of the story. Its cast includes an expat trained in art history who never intended to become a translator; a Chinese American ex-academic who never planned to work as an editor; and other publishing professionals in New York, London, and Tokyo who together introduced a pop-inflected, unexpected Japanese voice to the wider literary world. David Karashima synthesizes research, correspondence, and interviews with dozens of individuals—including Murakami himself—to examine how countless behind-the-scenes choices over the course of many years worked to build an internationally celebrated author’s persona and oeuvre. His careful look inside the making of the “Murakami Industry" uncovers larger questions: What role do translators and editors play in framing their writers’ texts? What does it mean to translate and edit “for a market”? How does Japanese culture get packaged and exported for the West?

Postmodern Feminist and Postcolonial Currents in Contemporary Japanese Culture

Postmodern  Feminist and Postcolonial Currents in Contemporary Japanese Culture
Author: Fuminobu Murakami
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2006-02-01
ISBN: 1134246226
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Postmodern Feminist and Postcolonial Currents in Contemporary Japanese Culture Book Excerpt:

Using the Euro-American theoretical framework of postmodernism, feminism and post-colonialism, this book analyses the fictional and critical work of four contemporary Japanese writers; Murakami Haruki, Yoshimoto Banana, Yoshimoto Takaaki and Karatani Kojin. In addition the author reconsiders this Euro-American theory by looking back on it from the perspective of Japanese literary work. Presenting outstanding analysis of Japanese intellectuals and writers who have received little attention in the West, the book also includes an extensive and comprehensive bibliography making it essential reading for those studying Japanese literature, Japanese studies and Japanese thinkers.

Dances with Sheep

Dances with Sheep
Author: Matthew Strecher
Publsiher: U of M Center for Japanese Studies
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2020-08
ISBN: 0472038338
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dances with Sheep Book Excerpt:

As a spokesman for disaffected youth of the post-1960s, Murakami Haruki has become one of the most important voices in contemporary Japanese literature, and he has gained a following in the United States through translations of his works. In Dances with Sheep, Matthew Strecher examines Murakami's fiction--and, to a lesser extent, his nonfiction--for its most prevalent structures and themes. Strecher also delves into the paradoxes in Murakami's writings that confront critics and casual readers alike. Murakami writes of "serious" themes yet expresses them in a relatively uncomplicated style that appeals to high school students as well as scholars; and his fictional work appears to celebrate the pastiche of postmodern expression, yet he rejects the effects of the postmodern on contemporary culture as dangerous.Strecher's methodology is both historical and cultural as he utilizes four distinct yet interwoven approaches to analyze Murakami's major works: the writer's "formulaic" structure with serious themes; his play with magical realism; the intense psychological underpinnings of his literary landscape; and his critique of language and its capacity to represent realities, past and present. Dances with Sheep links each of these approaches with Murakami's critical focus on the fate of individual identity in contemporary Japan. The result is that the simplicity of the Murakami hero, marked by lethargy and nostalgia, emerges as emblematic of contemporary humankind, bereft of identity, direction, and meaning. Murakami's fiction is reconstructed in Dances with Sheep as a warning against the dehumanizing effects of late-model capitalism, the homogenization of the marketplace, and the elimination of effective counterculture in Japan.

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature
Author: Susan Napier
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2005-07-22
ISBN: 1134803354
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature Book Excerpt:

Modern Japan's repressed anxieties, fears and hopes come to the surface in the fantastic. A close analysis of fantasy fiction, film and comics reveals the ambivalence felt by many Japanese towards the success story of the nation in the twentieth century. The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature explores the dark side to Japanese literature and Japanese society. It takes in the nightmarish future depicted in the animated film masterpiece, Akira, and the pastoral dream worlds created by Japan's Nobel Prize winning author Oe Kenzaburo. A wide range of fantasists, many discussed here in English for the first time, form the basis for a ground-breaking analysis of utopias, dystopias, the disturbing relationship between women, sexuality and modernity, and the role of the alien in the fantastic.

Evanescence and Form

Evanescence and Form
Author: C. Inouye
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2008-09-29
ISBN: 0230615481
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evanescence and Form Book Excerpt:

This book explores the Japanese notion of hakanasa - the evanescence of all things. Responses to this idea have been various and even contradictory: asceticism, fatalism, conformism, hedonism, materialism, and careerism. This book examines the ties between an epistemology of constant change and Japan's formal emphasis on etiquette and visuality.

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy
Author: Jonathan Dil
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2022-02-24
ISBN: 1350270563
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy Book Excerpt:

Haruki Murakami, a global literary phenomenon, has said that he started writing fiction as a means of self-therapy. What he has not discussed as much is what he needed self-therapy for. This book argues that by understanding more about why Murakami writes, and by linking this with the question of how he writes, readers can better understand what he writes. Murakami's fiction, in other words, can be read as a search for self-therapy. In five chapters which explore Murakami's fourteen novels to date, this book argues that there are four prominent therapeutic threads woven through Murakami's fiction that can be traced back to his personal traumas - most notably Murakami's falling out with his late father and the death of a former girlfriend – and which have also transcended them in significant ways as they have been transformed into literary fiction. The first thread looks at the way melancholia must be worked through for mourning to occur and healing to happen; the second thread looks at how symbolic acts of sacrifice can help to heal intergenerational trauma; the third thread looks at the way people with avoidant attachment styles can begin to open themselves up to love again; the fourth thread looks at how individuation can manifest as a response to nihilism. Meticulously researched and written with sensitivity, the result is a sophisticated exploration of Murakami's published novels as an evolving therapeutic project that will be of great value to all scholars of Japanese literature and culture.

e and Beyond

  e and Beyond
Author: Stephen Snyder,Philip Gabriel
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 1999-04-01
ISBN: 9780824821364
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

e and Beyond Book Excerpt:

Are the works of contemporary Japanese novelists, as Nobel Prize winner Oe Kenzaburo has observed, "mere reflections of the vast consumer culture of Tokyo and the subcultures of the world at large"? Or do they contain their own critical components, albeit in altered form? Oe and Beyond surveys the accomplishments of Oe and other writers of the postwar generation while looking further to examine the literary parameters of the "Post-Oe" generation. Despite the unprecedented availability today of the work of many of these writers in excellent English translations, some twenty years have passed since a collection of critical essays has appeared to guide the interested reader through the fascinating world of contemporary Japanese fiction. Oe and Beyond is a sampling of the best research and thinking on the current generation of Japanese writers being done in English. The essays in this volume explore such subjects as the continuing resonances of the atomic bombings; the notion of "transnational subjects"; the question of the "de-canonization" (as well as the "re-canonization") of writers; the construction (and deconstruction) of gender models; the quest for spirituality amid contemporary Japanese consumer affluence; post-modernity and Japanese "infantilism"; the intertwining connections between history, myth-making, and discrimination; and apocalyptic visions of fin de siecle Japan. Contributors pursue various methodological and theoretical approaches to reveal the breadth of scholarship on modern Japanese literature. The essays reflect some of the latest thinking, both Western and Japanese, on such topics as subjectivity, gender, history, modernity, and the postmodern. Oe and Beyond includes essays on Endo Shusaku, Hayashi Kyoko, Kanai Mieko, Kurahashi Yumiko, Murakami Haruki, Murakami Ryu, Nakagami Kenji, Oe Kenzaburo, Ohba Minako, Shimada Masahiko, Takahashi Takako, and Yoshimoto Banana. Contributors: Davinder L. Bhowmik, Philip Gabriel, Van C. Gessel, Adrienne Hurley, Susan J. Napier, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Jay Rubin, Atsuko Sakaki, Ann Sherif, Stephen Snyder, Mark Williams, Eve Zimmerman.

The Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

The Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 400
Release: 1991
ISBN: 9780140154351
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Spirit Matters

Spirit Matters
Author: Philip Gabriel
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 207
Release: 2006-01-01
ISBN: 9780824829742
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spirit Matters Book Excerpt:

Spirit Matters is a ground-breaking work, the first to explore a broad range of writings on spirituality in contemporary Japanese literature. It draws on a variety of literary works, from enormously popular fiction (Miura Ayako's HyEten and Shirokari Pass and the novels of Murakami Haruki) to more problematic "serious" fiction (Ee KenzaburE's Somersault) to nonfiction meditations on martyrdom and miracles (Sono Ayako's Kiseki) and the dynamics of religious cults (Murakami's interviews with members of Aum ShinrikyE in Underground). The first half of the volume focuses on the work of two women Christian writers, Miura Ayako and Sono Ayako. Combining a decidedly evangelistic bent with the formulas of the popular novel, Miura; s 1964 novel HyEten (Freezing Point) and its sequel are entertaining perennial bestsellers but also treat spiritual issues--"like original sin--"that are largely unexplored in modern Japanese literature. Sono's Kiseki (Miracles) and Miura's Shiokari Pass focus on the meaning of self-sacrifice and the miraculous and survey both the paths by which people come to faith and the spiritual doubts that assail them. Perhaps most striking for Western readers, Gabriel reveals how Miura's novel shows the lingering resistance to Christianity and its oppositional nature in Japan, and how in Kiseki Sono considers the kind of spiritual struggles many Japanese Christians experience as they try to reconcile their belief in a minority faith.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
Author: Matthew C. Strecher,Paul L. Thomas
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2016-03-22
ISBN: 9463004629
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami Book Excerpt:

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has achieved incredible popularity in his native country and world-wide as well as rising critical acclaim. Murakami, in addition to receiving most of the major literary awards in Japan, has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize. Yet, his relationship with the Japanese literary community proper (known as the Bundan) has not been a particularly friendly one. One of Murakami’s central and enduring themes is a persistent warning not to suppress our fundamental desires in favor of the demands of society at large. Murakami’s writing over his career reveals numerous recurring motifs, but his message has also evolved, creating a catalogue of works that reveals Murakami to be a challenging author. Many of those challenges lie in Murakami’s blurring of genre as well as his rich blending of Japanese and Western mythologies and styles—all while continuing to offer narratives that attract and captivate a wide range of readers. Murakami is, as Ōe Kenzaburō once contended, not a “Japanese writer” so much as a global one, and as such, he merits a central place in the classroom in order to confront readers and students, but to be challenged as well. Reading, teaching, and studying Murakami serves well the goal of rethinking this world. It will open new lines of inquiry into what constitutes national literatures, and how some authors, in the era of blurred national and cultural boundaries, seek now to transcend those boundaries and pursue a truly global mode of expression.

Occupy Pynchon

Occupy Pynchon
Author: Sean Carswell
Publsiher: University of Georgia Press
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2017-05-01
ISBN: 0820350893
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Occupy Pynchon Book Excerpt:

Occupy Pynchon examines power and resistance in the writer’s post–Gravity’s Rainbow novels. As Sean Carswell shows, Pynchon’s representations of global power after the neoliberal revolution of the 1980s shed the paranoia and meta­physical bent of his first three novels and share a great deal in common with the work of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s critical trilogy, Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth. In both cases, the authors describe global power as a horizontal network of multinational corporations, national governments, and supranational institutions. Pynchon, as do Hardt and Negri, theorizes resistance as a horizontal network of individuals who work together, without sacrificing their singularities, to resist the political and economic exploitation of empire. Carswell enriches this examination of Pynchon’s politics—as made evident in Vineland (1990), Mason & Dixon (1997), Against the Day (2006), Inherent Vice (2009), and Bleeding Edge (2013)—by reading the novels alongside the global resistance movements of the early 2010s. Beginning with the Arab Spring and progressing into the Occupy Movement, political activists engaged in a global uprising. The ensuing struggle mirrored Pynchon’s concepts of power and resistance, and Occupy activists in particular constructed their movement around the same philosophical tradition from which Pynchon, as well as Hardt and Negri, emerges. This exploration of Pynchon shines a new light on Pynchon studies, recasting his post-1970s fiction as central to his vision of resisting global neoliberal capitalism.

Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction

Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction
Author: M. Tanaka
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 189
Release: 2014-01-29
ISBN: 1137373555
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction Book Excerpt:

Starting with the history of apocalyptic tradition in the West and focusing on modern Japanese apocalyptic science fiction in manga, anime, and novels, Motoko Tanaka shows how science fiction reflected and coped with the devastation in Japanese national identity after 1945.

Cyberculture Cyborgs and Science Fiction

Cyberculture  Cyborgs and Science Fiction
Author: William S. Haney II
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2006-01-01
ISBN: 9401202702
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cyberculture Cyborgs and Science Fiction Book Excerpt:

Addressing a key issue related to human nature, this book argues that the first-person experience of pure consciousness may soon be under threat from posthuman biotechnology. In exploiting the mind’s capacity for instrumental behavior, posthumanists seek to extend human experience by physically projecting the mind outward through the continuity of thought and the material world, as through telepresence and other forms of prosthetic enhancements. Posthumanism envisions a biology/machine symbiosis that will promote this extension, arguably at the expense of the natural tendency of the mind to move toward pure consciousness. As each chapter of this book contends, by forcibly overextending and thus jeopardizing the neurophysiology of consciousness, the posthuman condition could in the long term undermine human nature, defined as the effortless capacity for transcending the mind’s conceptual content.Presented here for the first time, the essential argument of this book is more than a warning; it gives a direction: far better to practice patience and develop pure consciousness and evolve into a higher human being than to fall prey to the Faustian temptations of biotechnological power. As argued throughout the book, each person must choose for him or herself between the technological extension of physical experience through mind, body and world on the one hand, and the natural powers of human consciousness on the other as a means to realize their ultimate vision.

Writing Speculative Fiction

Writing Speculative Fiction
Author: Eugen Bacon
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2019-04-24
ISBN: 135030929X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing Speculative Fiction Book Excerpt:

In this engaging and accessible guide, Eugen Bacon explores writing speculative fiction as a creative practice, drawing from her own work, and the work of other writers and theorists, to interrogate its various subgenres. Through analysis of writers such as Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling, this book scrutinises the characteristics of speculative fiction, considers the potential of writing cross genre and covers the challenges of targeting young adults. It connects critical and cultural theories to the practice of creative writing, examining how they might apply to the process of writing speculative fiction. Both practical and critical in its evaluative gaze, it also looks at e-publishing as a promising publishing medium for speculative fiction. This is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of creative writing, looking to develop a critical awareness of, and practical skills for, the writing of speculative fiction. It is also a valuable resource for creators, commentators and consumers of contemporary speculative fiction. Chapter 8, 'Horror and the Paranormal' was shortlisted for the Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA)'s 2019 Australian Shadows Awards.

Recent Scholarship on Japan

Recent Scholarship on Japan
Author: Richard Donovan
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2019-12-02
ISBN: 1527544141
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Recent Scholarship on Japan Book Excerpt:

This anthology presents a survey of recent scholarship on Japanese literature—classical, postwar, and contemporary—and Japan studies from both established and up-and-coming academics based in the West and East. This collection of cutting-edge scholarship offers a snapshot of the current state of Japan studies in the second decade of the twenty-first century. The first section of the book considers the Heian period and its literature from the perspective of female authors and their works. The second part explores postwar prose and poetry, as well as the writing of contemporary author Haruki Murakami, relating them all to issues present in Japan’s wider society. Finally, the third section puts Japan and its writings within the global context, comparing them with other historical, cultural and linguistic milieus, and considering the role of translation in representing Japanese literature to the world.

Relational Designs in Literature and the Arts

Relational Designs in Literature and the Arts
Author: Rui Carvalho Homem
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2012-10
ISBN: 9401208565
Category: ART
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Relational Designs in Literature and the Arts Book Excerpt:

This collection focuses on texts that address the other arts - from painting to photography, from the stage to the screen, and from avant-garde experiments to mass culture. Despite their diversity of object and approach, the essays in Relational Design