Top Books by Haruki Murakami

A habeas corpus attorney with his own solo practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil is a leading contractor for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. When he is not busy protecting the constitutional rights of his clients in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys reading, and his current favorite author is Haruki Murakami.

The works of Japanese magical realist fiction writer Haruki Murakami have been translated and sold in countries around the world and have been best-sellers in Japan and internationally. The following are just a few of Murakami’s best novels.

1Q84. Focusing on a fictional cult called Sakigake, 1Q84 follows two heroes as they come together before the backdrop of Sakigake’s attempt to connect with earth spirits. The novel is the first in which Murakami deals with fringe religious groups and focuses on the idea that an individual’s entire life can change as the result of just one action.

Norwegian Wood. Responsible for Murakami’s sudden rise in fame, Norwegian Wood is set in 1960s Tokyo and focuses on the story of a man who is caught between his relationship with a mentally disturbed woman and his lust for another woman. The novel was particularly popular among students during the 1980s when it was published.

A Wild Sheep Chase. Seamlessly incorporating Japanese religious traditions, A Wild Sheep Chase showcases themes of post-WWII Japanese cultural identity through the lens of a mock detective story. The hero remains unnamed, and the novel follows him as he takes on a large syndicate that has its hands in both business and politics.


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