Matthew Wilby


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Haruki Murakami

As is often the case in Murakami's fiction writing, in 1Q84's three volumes he presents a vision of Japan in 1984 that at first glance appears normal, but is gradually revealed to be a place with an undercurrent of mysticism.

It is an element shared with previous works such as his 2002 novel, Kafka on the Shore, which also delved deep into a mystical parallel Japan. It provides the text with a richness and creates an image of Japan that is deeply at odds with the common images and ideas we see in films or newspapers.

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