This list includes 26 of Haruki Murakami’s short stories and essays published in The New Yorker dating all the way back to 1990. There are hundreds of pages of reading here to satisfy readers of the English translation while we wait for his new collection of short stories due out in April, Men Without Women. And in case you haven’t heard, a new novel is set to release in Japan in January.
These 24 short stories and 2 essays are available to read online for free. Keep in mind, if you don’t have a subscription to The New Yorker, then you are only able to read 6 stories per month for free. That is their limit, which is pretty generous. As fans and students of Murakami know, many of these stories find their ways into his longer works. They do stand alone and are fun to read independent from the novels they accompany. The eight interviews below are from a variety of different online publications. Like the librarian with an insatiable appetite in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, there is no need for you to limit your consumption of these.
Lastly, Book Oblivion is offering a new course series called, Reading Beyond Murakami. Each course takes an in-depth look at the theories and philosophies behind the bizarre worlds we know and love, one book at a time. The first course will be open for enrollment for a short period of time in January 2017. To jump on the waiting list and join our Haruki Murakami newsletter, subscribe here:
- Samsa in Love
- The Town of Cats
- U.F.O. in Kushiro
- A Shinagawa Monkey
- The Year of Spaghetti
- Where I’m Likely to Find It
- Hunting Knife
- The Folklore of Our Times
- Ice Man
- Toni Takatini
- A Poor Aunt Story
- Honey Pie
- Man Eating Cats
- New York Mining Disaster
- Another Way to Die
- Zoo Attack
- Barn Burning
- The Elephant Vanishes
- The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women
- TV People
- Boston, From One Citizen of the World Who Calls Himself a Runner (The New Yorker)
- The Running Novelist: Learning How to Go the Distance (The New Yorker)
- The Moment I Became a Novelist
- The Novelist in Wartime
- The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami
- The Paris Review: The Art of Fiction: No. 182
- Surreal often more real for writer Haruki Murakami
- The Salon: Haruki Murakami
- An Interview with Haruki Murakami
- When I Run I Am in a Peaceful Place
- ‘Gatsby’ the gold standard for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami
- Haruki Murakami
Keep in mind, The New Yorker has a student and educator discount as long as you have a valid .edu email address. This will give you access to their digital archives and newly published print magazines. You can find out more HERE.
As you probably know, this list is far from exhaustive. I also really appreciate the speech Murakami gave in Jerusalem while accepting the Jerusalem Prize for Literature, “Always on the side of the egg” and his more recent comments in his acceptance speech for the Hans Christen Andersen literary award, “Haruki Murakami cautions against excluding outsiders.” I’d love to hear your thoughts on these speeches or any of Haruki Murakami’s short stories, essays, or interviews listed above.
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