Japanese author Murakami wins Jerusalem prize

So… this is how Haruki Murakami looks like. Have read only ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ but didn’t manage to finish the whole book. Find the story to be very bizarre & weird and the more I read the more confused I became.  Yet, I didn’t just stop there, and have signed up for a new ray ‘Norwegian Wood’ organised by a fellow bookcrosser, hoping I’ll enjoy this better.

The news here says he has won the 2009 Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society, Israel’s highest literary honour for foreign writers. Even what he said during the Award was profound, just like his book.

Here’s it:

JERUSALEM (AFP) – – Haruki Murakami, the acclaimed Japanese writer, has won the 2009 Jerusalem Prize, Israel’s highest literary honour for foreign writers.

The 60-year-old accepted the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society from Israeli President Shimon Peres at the opening of the international book fair in the Holy City late on Sunday.

“When I was asked to accept this award I was warned from coming here because of the fighting in Gaza,” the Jerusalem Post quoted the writer as saying as he accepted the 10,000-dollar (about 7,800-euro) prize.

“I asked myself — is visiting Israel the proper thing to do? Will I be supporting one side.

“I gave is it some thought. And I decided to come. Like most novelists, I like to do exactly the opposite of what I’m told.

“Novelists can’t trust anything they haven’t seen with their own eyes or touched with heir own hands. So I chose to see. I chose to speak here rather than say nothing.

“If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg.

“Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system.”

Murakami is the author of, among others, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, and the Trilogy of the Rat, which includes Hear the Wind Sing, Pinball and A Wild Sheep Chase


One Response

  1. I just knew you had a blog! I definitely didn’t like my Sister’s Keeper. Didn’t like the way of telling the stories from multiple perspectives either. It’s almost like a lazy way to tell the story, don’t you think? But Kafka on the Shore wasn’t frustrating in that respect, but more for the story itself. I just didn’t get much of it.

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