Murakami's first novel was Hear the Wind Sing (1979, tr. 1987). Since then he has published A Wild Sheep Chase (1982, tr. 1989), Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985, tr. 1991), Norwegian Wood (1987, tr. 1989), Dance, Dance, Dance (1988, tr. 1993), The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995, tr. 1998), The Sputnik Sweetheart (1999, tr. 2001), Kafka on the Shore (2002, tr. 2005), After Dark (2004, tr. 2007), the massive 1Q84 (2009, tr. 2011), Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2013, tr. 2014), and Killing Commendatore (2018, tr. 2018). He has also written short stories, e.g., those collected in The Elephant Vanishes (tr. 1993), Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (tr. 2006), and Men without Women (tr. 2017). His first nonfiction book, Underground (abr. tr. 2001), is an oral history of the 1995 Tokyo subway gas attack and its relation to the Japanese psyche. He has also translated English works into Japanese, including those of Raymond Carver and Raymond Chandler, two influences on his fiction. Murakami's second book of nonfiction, What I Talk about When I Talk about Running (2008), combines a runner's diary, meditations on writing, and a memoir.
See study by J. Rubin (2002).
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