Spring 2012 visiting scholar, Haruki Murakami

During the spring 2012 semester, LLL was proud to host well-known author Haruki Murakami.  One of the most widely translated and acclaimed Japanese novelists, Mr. Murakami has built an international following with his daringly original fiction.

He is best known for his novels Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985), Norwegian Wood (1987), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994–95), Kafka on the Shore (2002), and most recently, 1Q84 (2009–10). His many awards include the 2006 Franz Kafka Prize, the 2006 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the 2009 Jerusalem Prize, and the 2011 Catalonia International Prize. At this event he read the short stories “The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes” and “The Mirror” from the collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

“…Three decades into his career, Murakami has established himself as the unofficial laureate of Japan—arguably its chief imaginative ambassador, in any medium, to the world.”

The New York Times Magazine (2011)