Welcome to exorcising ghosts – the Haruki Murakami Resources
Last Updated: Sunday 23rd April 2017
I hope you find something here of interest. If you see anything related to Murakami on the web, which isn't listed here - please let me know so I can add it - thanks! I can be contacted by emailing: terry AT exorcising-ghosts DOT co DOT UK
“To sleep with a woman: it can seem of the utmost importance in your mind, or then again it can seem like nothing much at all. Which only goes to say that there's sex as therapy (self-therapy, that is) and there's sex as pastime.”
-- by Haruki Murakami
Sunday 23rd April 2017 -- Men without Women
With publication just over a fortnight away, I've just added links to a few reviews/articles about Men without Women.
Thursday 6th April 2017 - Men without Women
The call came in after one a.m. and woke me up. Phones ringing in the middle of the night always sound harsh and grating, like some savage metal tool out to destroy the world. I felt it was my duty, as a member of the human race, to put a stop to it, so I got out of bed, padded over to the living room, and picked up the receiver.
Getting ready for the publication of Murakami's new short story collection - Men without Women in just over a month (9th May to be exact).
Some of the stories in collection have been previously published in the New Yorker magazine.
Sunday 19th February 2017 - The Murakami Pilgrimage
The Murakami Pilgrimage: A Guide to the Real-Life Places of Haruki Murakami’s Fiction is a comprehensive Japan travel guide which focuses on the locations featured in the novels of Haruki Murakami. Written and designed by Ken Lawrence and published by Sailingstone Press. Lovely idea which looks worth checking out. You can purchase the book from Amazon here.
‘Absolutely on Music’ Gives a Maestro a Stage for Ideas - New York Times review by James R Oestreich
A series of talks between the great conductor and his novelist fan is unprecedented and illuminating - Guardian review by RO Kwon
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 - Even more Absolutely On Music reviews
The Musings of the Maestro - Wall Street Journal review by Michael O’Donnell
Seiji Ozawa reflects on his brilliant life in music - Providence Journal by Dave Canarie
Friday 18th November 2016 - Time for a few more Absolutely On Music reviews
Haruki Murakami prods a great conductor for insight in Absolutely On Music - AV Club review by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.
If it ain’t Baroque: Haruki Murakami’s goes classical in Absolutely on Music — but it’s not for everyone - National Post (Canada) review by Jay Hoskin.
Saturday 12th November 2016 - Who knew that one of literature’s most interesting contemporary novelists also happens to have an extraordinary set of ears?
It’s true. In “Absolutely on Music,” a book of conversations between prominent Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa and perennial Nobel favorite Haruki Murakami, the latter proves himself an amazingly acute listener of classical music.
Tuesday 8th November 2016 - Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa talk music, art and creativity
One writes fiction, the other conducts an orchestra, but Murakami and Ozawa share a drive, determination – and a passion for music. They discuss the creative process, inspiration and the eclecticism of Mahler - Nice Gurdian article on the new book.
Monday 31st October
- Murakami Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
Murakami releases his laterst book in English - Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa on 15th November. The book has been translated by Jay Rubin
Here's what the published have to say about the book:
A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Haruki Murakami’s passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” to Franz Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimage,” the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros.
“Intriguing insights about the nature of music. . . . Deliberate and contemplative. In some ways, these conversations are High Fidelity for classical music fans.” —Publishers Weekly
The book is availble to pre order on: