12 Authors to Read If You Love Haruki Murakami

I’ve written a handful of articles about Haruki Murakami, and as much as I love reading him, I want to acknowledge that there are other authors out there. And they’re quite good. Murakami even reads many of the authors on this list, so his fans and readers are sure to find some works of contemporary fiction that will meet their standards.

Contemporary fiction is the common thread that ties each author on this list together. One source defines contemporary fiction as, “literature written by authors who refuse to reside within literary boundaries, choosing to reflect the realities, insanities, absurdities, ironies, comedies and contradictions present in post-globalization human cultures. It is a flexible term that does not set any boundaries, encouraging expanding them instead. Contemporary fiction authors uses any technique available to express themselves.”

I’ve taught some of these books and many of the short stories written by these authors, and while I haven’t read every work on this list, these are the books recommended to me by readers whom I respect and admire. If you’re looking for authors similar to Haruki Murakami, then this list will get you started.

If a title catches your eye, click on the author’s name to learn more about each book.

Franz Kafka

  • The Trial
  • The Castle
  • The Complete Stories

Jorge Luis Borges

  • Collected Fictions
  • Labyrinths
  • The Book of Imaginary Beings
  • Collected Non-Fictions
  • Collected Poetry

David Foster Wallace

  • Infinite Jest
  • The Pale King
  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
  • Consider the Lobster
  • Oblivion

Umberto Eco

  • Foucoult’s Pendulum
  • The Name of the Rose
  • The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • How to Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays
  • Travels in Hyperreality

Milan Kundera

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
  • Immortality
  • The Joke

Mark Z. Danielewski

  • House of Leaves
  • The Familiar Volumes I-IV

Raymond Chandler

  • The Big Sleep
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Farewell, My Lovely

Alain Robbe-Grillet

  • Jealousy
  • Labryinths

Jose Saramago

  • Blindness
  • Seeing
  • Death With Interruptions
  • All the Names
  • The Double

Orphan Pamuk

  • Snow
  • My Name is Red
  • A Strangeness in My Mind: A Novel

Italo Calvino

  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  • Invisible Cities
  • The Complete Cosmicomics

Thomas Pynchon

  • The Crying of Lot 49
  • Gravity’s Rainbow
  • Mason & Dixon
  • V.

12 Authors Similar to Haruki Murakami


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