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Haruki Murakami: The surreal is all around

26th November 2009

Japanese author Haruki Murakami has said that the surrealism which runs through his novels is present in all parts of his life.

Speaking to Reuters, the Norwegian Wood writer said that some major events, such as the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th 2001, do not feel as though they took place in the real world.

'I am always doubtful about whether this world that I am in now is the real one. Somewhere in me, I feel there is a world that may not have been this way,' he explained.

Murakami's latest book 1Q84, which is currently only available in Japan, looks at how different the recent past could have been, taking the opposite approach to the George Orwell classic 1984.

The author added that crafting strong stories which are well-received by 'good readers' is more important to him than winning literary prizes.

One of Murakami's characteristically surreal works was recently brought to the stage in Vancouver. After the Quake features a six-foot frog battling to save Tokyo from a giant worm.

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