In an other world composed of language it could be a fathomless Martian well, a labyrinthine hotel or forest a narrative unfolds, and with it the experiences, memories, and dreams that constitute reality for Haruki Murakami s characters and readers alike. Memories and dreams in turn conjure their magical counterparts people without names or pasts, fantastic animals, half-animals, and talking machines that traverse the dark psychic underworld of this writer s extraordinary fiction.
Fervently acclaimed worldwide, Murakami s wildly imaginative work in many ways remains a mystery, its worlds within worlds uncharted territory. Finally in this book readers will find a map to the strange realm that grounds virtually every aspect of Murakami s writing. A journey through the enigmatic and baffling innermost mind, a metaphysical dimension where Murakami s most bizarre scenes and characters lurk, "e;The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami "e;exposes the psychological and mythological underpinnings of this other world. Matthew Carl Strecher shows how these considerations color Murakami s depictions of the individual and collective soul, which constantly shift between the tangible and intangible but in this literary landscape are undeniably real.
Through these otherworldly depths "e;The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami"e; also charts the writer s vivid inner world, whether unconscious or underworld (what some Japanese critics call "e;achiragawa,"e; or over there ), and its connectivity to language. Strecher covers all of Murakami s work including his efforts as a literary journalist and concludes with the first full-length close reading of the writer s newest novel, "e;Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.