sense of isolation

June 9, 2020

Sometimes, however, this sense of isolation, like acid spilling out of a bottle, can unconsciously eat away at a person’s heart and dissolve it.

Haruki Murakami
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Most of the books have the smell of an earlier time leaking out from between their pages – a special odour of the knowledge and emotions that for ages have been calmly resting between the covers.

Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore

a special odour

January 23, 2020

Most of the books have the smell of an earlier time leaking out from between their pages – a special odour of the knowledge and emotions that for ages have been calmly resting between the covers.

Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore

live in the world of dreams

December 24, 2019

I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do. To dream, to live in the world of dreams. But it doesn’t last forever. Wakefulness always comes to take me back.

Haruki Murakami
Sputnik Sweetheart

You lost all interest in this world. You were disappointed and discouraged, and lost interest in everything. So you abandoned your physical body. You went to a world apart and you’re living a different kind of life there. In a world that’s inside you.

Haruki Murakami
1Q84

move into another world

December 5, 2018

I just disappeared. I do that. I move into another world, a different world. Like boarding a train running parallel. That’s what disappearing is. Don’t you see?

Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance

The lies of novelists

February 23, 2018

a clock

Of course, novelists are not the only ones who tell lies. Politicians do it, too, as we all know. Diplomats and military men tell their own kinds of lies on occasion, as do used car salesmen, butchers and builders. The lies of novelists differ from others, however, in that no one criticizes the novelist as immoral for telling lies. Indeed, the bigger and better his lies and the more ingeniously he creates them, the more he is likely to be praised by the public and the critics. Why should that be?

My answer would be this: Namely, that by telling skilful lies — which is to say, by making up fictions that appear to be true — the novelist can bring a truth out to a new location and shine a new light on it. In most cases, it is virtually impossible to grasp a truth in its original form and depict it accurately. This is why we try to grab its tail by luring the truth from its hiding place, transferring it to a fictional location, and replacing it with a fictional form. In order to accomplish this, however, we first have to clarify where the truth lies within us. This is an important qualification for making up good lies.

Haruki Murakami
Award acceptance speech given in Israel, Feb. 20, 2009

In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.

Haruki Murakami
After Dark

Sunday…

February 14, 2016

Time flows in strange ways on Sundays…

Haruki Murakami

1Q84 

 

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Morlocks on the move - The Time Machine

Morlocks on the move – The Time Machine

A fate much worse than death...Randy Morlock!

A fate much worse than death…Randy Morlock!

Tardis

Tardis

everyone else…

November 4, 2015

bookandcoffee

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood