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Selected Shorts: Couples and Mysteries from Haruki Murakami

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In the fall of 2011 we celebrated the long-awaited publication of the big novel IQ84 by the prodigious Japanese writer Haruki Murakami with a Symphony Space marathon SELECTED SHORTS program called “Murakami Madness.”  Earlier in this radio season we’ve heard portions from that epic evening, including the opening chapter of the novel, and several short stories which we selected to show the remarkable range and variety in subject matter, literary imagination, and diverse moods—from provocatively comical to truly frightening—that characterize Murakami’s work.

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Selected Shorts

The Strangeness of Everyday Life: Two by Murakami

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Two stories by internationally acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami that demonstrate what SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti calls his gift for “capturing the strangeness and hidden mystery of everyday life.”

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