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Novelist as a Vocation

Novelist as a Vocation

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by)

November 7, 2023

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • An insightful look into the mind of a master storyteller—and a unique look at the craft of writing from the beloved and best-selling author of 1Q84, Norwegian Wood, and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers" —New York Times Book Review

Aspiring writers and readers who have long wondered where the mysterious novelist gets his ideas and what inspires his strangely surreal worlds will be fascinated by this engaging book from the internationally best-selling author. Haruki Murakami now shares with readers his thoughts on the role of the novel in our society; his own origins as a writer; and his musings on the sparks of creativity that inspire other writers, artists, and musicians.

Here are the personal details of a life devoted to craft: the initial moment at a Yakult Swallows baseball game, when he suddenly knew he could write a novel; the importance of memory, what he calls a writer’s “mental chest of drawers”; the necessity of loneliness, patience, and his daily running routine; the seminal role a carrier pigeon played in his career and more.

Series Overview:
  • INSTANT BESTSELLER: Novelist as a Vocation debuted at #11 on the New York Times bestseller list and was on the Indie bestseller list.
  • A CULTURAL PHENOMENON: A perennial favorite for the Nobel Prize, Murakami is "a cultural force unto himself" (AV Club). In The New York Times Book Review, it was declared that he "invented 21st-century fiction." Each new book is greeted with huge excitement, and his fans—"Harukists"—will no doubt be driven to this introspective book. 
  • PROFOUND INSIGHT FROM A MASTER STORYTELLER FOR ASPIRING WRITERS: As a world-class novelist who has sold more than 2.5 million books in the U.S. alone, Murakami has fans who will be eager to learn of his keen insight into the craft of writing and the life of a novelist. 
  • BACKLIST: We have sold more than 6 million copies of Murakami's books across all formats, and have recently repackaged our paperbacks with striking new covers alongside Knopf in the U.S. As well as giving the complete Murakami a cohesive look, these new designs are must-haves for fans. 
  • ONLINE PRESENCE: Murakami's Facebook fan page has 2.4m fans who avidly follow news about every publication. His official website is managed by Vintage at 
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