Born January 12, 1949 in Kyoto, Haruki Murakami won a prize for his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing (1979). His unusual style has been called "mysterious and surreal," a postmodern departure from other contemporary Japanese literature. Murakami's 1987 novel Norwegian Wood was a huge hit in Japan. Other titles include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles (1995), Kafka on the Shore (2002) and 1Q84 (2009).
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