Haruki Murakami was born on 12 January, 1949 in Kyoto, Japan and is best known for writing Norwegian Wood (a book that has sold over 4 million copies, kafka on the Shore and 1Q84. He has translated worked by Raymond Carver and J.D. Salinger into Japanese and is heavily influenced by Western writers including Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Chandler.
A marathon runner and triathlon enthusiast (which he discusses in his 2008 memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running), he started writing fiction when he was 29 years old. Very surrealist, Haruki has written a number of short stories and used to run a jazz bar. He his the most widely translated Japanese author of his generation.
A charming coming-of-age novel from Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood is Naoko's favourite Beatles song. Naoko was Toru Watanabe's first love and also the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuku. When Toru hears the song twenty years later, he is immediately transported back to his student days in Tokyo. A world full of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire. These memories also help him relive and attempt to rekindle his relationship with the vivacious and outgoing Midori.