Murakami Haruki, author of such popular novels as Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84, has been passed over for the Nobel Literature prize again this year. Do you think he should have won?
First read some background and opinions, then summarize and add your own.
- “Haruki Murakami’s Fans Lament Nobel Prize Decision” from the WSJ
- “Translator Jay Rubin glad Swedes passed on Murakami Nobel for now” from the Japan Times
- “Literary Establishment Fails To Acknowledge Certain Authors” from NPR
- an interview with Murakami. It’s very long, but you can skim and focus on the questions that interest you.