Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Haruki Murakami talks travel in Paper Sky

Mark Twain pals around with Haruki in California
“From the beginning, Haruki Murakami wanted to get away. He left Kyoto for Kobe, Kobe for Tokyo, Tokyo for Europe and America. I met him eleven years ago and was instantly drawn to the man behind the art. Like Haruki, I am a writer who wanted to escape. For me, the destinations were reversed: I left America for Europe, then Japan. These days we arrange visits around our itineraries. I landed in Tokyo three days before this interview; the following day, Haruki boarded a plane.
Roland Kelts: What’s the value of writing so far from home? Why have you written so many books overseas?
Haruki Murakami: It’s easier for you to write about your own country when you’re far away. From a distance, you can look at your own country as it really is. I wrote “Norwegian Wood” when I was on several Greek islands, and in Rome and Palermo, Italy. “Dance, Dance, Dance” was mostly written in Rome, and partly in London. The first half of “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” was written in Princeton and the latter half in Cambridge. And I wrote “After The Quake” in the middle of Tokyo, in an isolated little house owned by my publisher. I guess I have a nomadic spirit inside me that I can’t keep down. Because I know that each one of those books is connected to each of the places where they were written. When I think of them, the scenes of the locations where I wrote them come to mind.
R: Why did you write those books in those places? Any reason?
H: For me, to write fiction is to have a certain kind of relationship with the imagination…” [more @ Paper Sky]
JP version:

ローランド・ケルツ(以下、R):自国から遠く離れた場所で執筆活動をする価値とは? あなたはなぜ、多くの小説を海外で執筆するのですか。
R:場所自体は執筆に影響を与えますか? それぞれの作品を振り返ってみて、イマジネーションが場所によってどのように色付されたのか、その色の違いなどを自覚したりしますか?[more @ Paper sky]

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