I had to get inspired. I had to want to run. I asked successful runners for advice and a couple of friends told me to read a book. It seemed like strange advice, but it was worth a try. The next day I bought Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
Murakami's novels are page-turners, even though they hardly contain elements of suspense and certainly cannot be defined as thrillers. There is something compelling about his writing that makes one continue to turn the pages, almost breathlessly, waiting to see just what will happen.
Writers! Thinking of putting a sex passage (as it were) in your novel? You might want to think again - thanks to the timely
Our main host for the festival was Sjón. A prolific writer, Sjón has written novels, poetry, plays, librettos and picture books for children.
Mo Yan has been named the first Chinese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The judges praised the author's "hallucinatory
Imagine if you will a kind of literary kaleidoscope. Smash up the writings of Haruki Murakami, Borges and Denis Johnson. Pour the fragments into your kaleidoscope and put it to your eye. Start to twist the tube and watch the coloured patterns form, shift and reform into a different shape.This gives an approximate idea of what it feels like to read this astonishing novel.
Murakami captures the concerns of modern life, somewhat effortlessly in the easiness of his prose, combining this with an overriding sense of cool through the extraordinary detail in his writing. To a certain extent, we know what to expect. That's why we'll come back to him time and time again.
Tuesday was both Man Booker Prize day (read my account of the controversy, the Cape party and even a few words from Julian Barnes himself here) and the publication date of Books One and Two of Haruki Murakami's long awaited new novel, 1Q84.