He was born in Kyoto in 1949 and graduated from Waseda University before becoming a writer and translator.
▼Lonely adolescent boy
The principal character is often a man who feels lonely in his life. Often, he is in his adolescence or there are some scenes where he looks back over his adolescence.
▼Reputed in the society
Though he has kept his loneliness with him, often the principal character grows up into a reputable man or his parents/parents-in-law are from rich families.
▼Darkness in his heart
A sense of emptiness and unfulfilled feelings are often described from the protagonist’s point of view.
The principal character meets a mysterious girl or woman. He describes female sensitivity and unstable feelings using delicate expressions.
▼Good at cooking
Very often, the principal character is good at cooking. Sometimes he runs his own bar. He can quickly prepare quickly sandwiches, and drinks alcohol such as whiskey with snacks. Actually, Murakami once ran his own bar and he loves whiskey.
▼Detailed description of sex
In Murakami’s novel, there are always sex descriptions. Sometimes they are the protagonist’s dreams or daydreams, but sometimes they are real situations with the mysterious girl.
Norwegian Wood went on sale in 1987. It became a best-seling novel and created a Murakami boom in Japan.
A film adaptation of Norwegian Wood was released first in Japan in 2010 then worldwide.
In Japan, Murakami’s fans are called as “Harukist”. If you haven’t yet, why don’t you try his novels?