Words can be sharp weapons: Murakami

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami shot to repute with his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, a tale of younger love which offered over 4 million copies within the Japanese language. In the West, it was once The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle translated in English in 1997 which were given him world repute.
In an interview with Asahi Shimbun, a countrywide newspaper in Japan, Murakami spoke in regards to the significance of phrases and the ability of storytelling and writing responsibly.

"I don’t use social networking services, but when I take a look at them, it feels strongly creepy because I don’t understand what people are thinking. I think the power of a story that beats and dispels that creepiness is important. No matter how pathetic and dark their situations might be, they express (their opinions) in sleazy words. Writing and words are scary. They can be sharp weapons. Maybe many people don’t realize how scary they can be, or are intentionally trying to use them as weapons. It is a difficult problem. And I think that it is a challenge imposed on writers, especially storytellers and us novelists, to find out how to deal with it," he said.

When asked about his writing and if his world bestseller 1Q84’s e-book three is able, the writer said that though he has completed the story, he left a couple of pieces unsolved on objective.

"The common ground between “1Q84” and “Wind-Up Bird” is that I started writing the third part almost as soon as I wrote until the second part. It held together as a novel. But I won’t give a conclusion. “1Q84” is part of a long story with causal explanations like Sanyutei Encho’s “rakugo” comic story “Shinkei Kasane-ga-fuchi.” You don’t know things like how Tengo’s father and mother met, do you? What happened to Tengo and Aomame after they went to Costa Rica, and about their daughter? I actually have completed a story. But just like omitting the root from the chord in jazz, I want to leave blanks. I like mandala-like things, in which another story is connected by a mysterious tunnel," replied the 70-year-old writer.

Murakami's latest tale Birthday Girl was once published through Vintage Digital in January 2019 to have a good time the master storyteller's 70th birthday.
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