26+ Haruki Murakami Short Stories, Essays, Interviews, and Speeche

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.”

~Haruki Murakami


By Jessica S. Manuel

This list includes more than 26 of Haruki Murakami’s short stories, essays, and interviews published in The New Yorker and other online publications that date 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 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 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.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out the best way to read Haruki Murakami or join our Murakami Reading Group to read and discuss Murakami with like minds from all over the world.

Reading Murakami’s short stories, essays, interviews, and advice column is only the beginning. Book Oblivion is offers an online course series that explores the theories and philosophies behind each of Haruki Murakami’s bizarre worlds that we know and love. Participants explore everything from magical realism to psychoanalysis to deconstruction to hyperreality to time to mythology and everything in between.

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Short Stories

Short Essays

Interviews

Advice Column


Speeches

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.

26 of Haruki Murakami's Short Stories, Essays, and Interviews Available Online


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Murakami Reading Group

Read, study, and analyze Haruki Murakami’s entire body of work in an online group setting with participants from all over the world. This group is an ongoing graduate level study group that is open to the public and designed for readers with a passion for philosophy and a desire to dig into each story by exploring the theories and thinkers that inform each text. 

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Jessica S. Manuel earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory and a minor in Theological Studies from The Master’s University. She went on to earn her M.A. in English (Literature) from San Francisco State University where she studied 19th-20th Century Literature with a special studies emphasis in Critical Theory. After examining the intersections of psychoanalysis and contemporary literature, she wrote her thesis on Haruki Murakami’s use of the unconscious in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. After finishing her degree, she continued her education at University of California, San Diego where she studied Teaching Adult Learners and literature. She offers online adult literature courses for life-long learners through Book Oblivion Academy and also teaches writing and literature courses at the college level.