About Haruki Murakami


Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan on January 12, 1949. He went to Waseda University (studied Theater Arts) at 1968 and got married in 1971 to his wife Yoko. He has a strong interest in jazz and opened his own jazz bar in 1974. He published his first novel in 1979 (Hear the Wind Sing) and won a “Gunzo New Writer Award” for it the same year. A year later he published another book, Pinball, and in 1981 he decided to sell his bar and focus all his attention on writing as a career. In the 1980s, he released a steady stream of widely successful short story anthologies and novels. In the early 1990s, Murakami moved to the United States to teach at Princeton and again to California to teach at William Howard Taft University. In the early 2000s, he moved back to Japan after nearly a decade abroad and as continued to write.

(Information from his Official Website’s timeline,¬†http://www.murakami.ch/hm/biography/main.html)

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