Having recently finished reading my first novel by Haruki Murakami, I was delighted to learn more about this Japanese author in an article titled 15 Fascinating Facts About Haruki Murakami by Stephanie Tapacio Long on Bustle's website. In the article, Stephanie Tapacio Long writes the following:
Haruki Murakami is a shining star in the literary world, but there is still a lot that isn’t commonly known about the perennial Nobel Prize favorite (and never the winner) — so who is Haruki Murakami? As revered as he is, he mostly seems to avoid the limelight and even writers’ circles; in fact, he once admitted to the Paris Review that he had no writer friends. Instead, he has kept busy with his own work and is constantly adding to his list of books — much to the delight of his global fan base.
Not surprisingly, Murakami is as unique as his work. His writing career basically started on a whim, and it quickly turned into one of acclaim. He gained a devoted “cult” following, and within the decade, that popularity expanded exponentially. Murakami has become an important global figure, and his books have sold millions of copies around the world, in dozens of languages.
The parts in between are as interesting as his career highlights, though. Murakami doesn’t just pen beautiful, inspiring words, he takes an unconventional approach to writing — and life in general). It’s worth knowing more about his unexpected and sometimes unusual background, habits, and philosophies.Click on the top link to learn some fun facts about Haruki Murakami!