the japanese writer Haruki Murakami was distinguished this Wednesday in Spain with the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature 2023. In awarding him the award, the jury highlighted “the uniqueness of its literature, its universal reach, and its ability to reconcile Japanese tradition and the legacy of Western culture.”
As detailed when announcing the winner in the literary category, Murakami owns a “ambitious and innovative narrative” y “has been able to express some of the great themes and conflicts of our time“.
The Japanese author, perennial candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, was recognized for his career and contributions to global literature. Other writers who also received this distinction were —among others— Mario Vargas Llosa, Leonard Cohen y Paul Auster.
Who is Haruki Murakami?
Murakami, 74, was born in the Japanese city of Kyoto. He studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, worked in a record store and owned a jazz bar.
his first novel, “Listen to the song of the wind”was published in 1979. It was an immediate success in Japan and since then each of his books has become a cultural event in his country. Later, her literature transcended borders and achieved recognition, both from the public and critics, on a global level.
With a style as mysterious as it is accessible, specializes in mixing reality and fantasy in his works. Three of his novels that were bestsellers all over the world are “Tokio Blues“, “1Q84” y “Kafka on the shore“.
The music It was always one of his great passions, influenced his prose. “Rather than learning writing techniques from other authors’ novels, I tend to pay attention to rhythm, harmonies, free improvisation and that kind of thing.“, recounted Harumaki in 2018.
His melomania was reflected in “Dance Dance Dance” (2012) o “kill the commander” (2017), where Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” acts as the soundtrack.
His most recent work “The city and its uncertain walls” was published in April in Japan. She has not yet reached other countries, but is expected to do so in the coming months.
His books were translated into more than 50 languages and received important international literary awards such as the Franz Kafka and the World Fantasy Award, both in 2006, or the Hans Christian Andersen for Literature, in 2016.
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