I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it’s not imagination. It’s just a way of watching.”
About the List
This list includes more than 26 of Haruki Murakami’s short stories, essays, and interviews. You’ll find links to The New Yorker and other online publications that date all the way back to 1990. These Haruki Murakami short stories and 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 most 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 longer novels or short story collections. The interviews below are from a variety of different online publications.
Reading Beyond Murakami
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- 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
- The Wind Cave
- 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
- Haruki Murakami on Parallel Realities
- The Best of Haruki Murakami’s Advice Column
- Haruki Murakami’s advice column is surrealist and sweet and so, well, Murakami
- Haruki Murakami’s advice column has become and 8-volume book
- Secrets and advice: Haruki Murakami responds to readers’ questions online
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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