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Category Archives: Haruki Murakami


Going by the book in 2014

As January draws to a close, I suppose it’s finally time to accept that the holiday period is well and truly over (it takes some of us a little longer than others to acknowledge the rude and sudden resumption of Real Life). For booksellers, the reality generally … Read more »

Encouraging disbelief: Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84

People talk of ‘high concept’ fiction, but I’ll confess I’ve never understood what altitude has to do with it. Wouldn’t ‘narrow concept’ be closer to the truth? A high-concept novel takes one ingenious notion and bends everything else – character, narrative, style – around it. The result … Read more »

Encouraging disbelief: Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84

People talk of ‘high concept’ fiction, but I’ll confess I’ve never understood what altitude has to do with it. Wouldn’t ‘narrow concept’ be closer to the truth? A high-concept novel takes one ingenious notion and bends everything else – character, narrative, style – around it. The result … Read more »