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Writers' Reel: Your Haruki Murakami Primer

Author Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is set to hit the States next month. As fans anxiously await its arrival, watch this lovely video by animator Ilana Simons that details the award-winning author’s creative journey. From his first revelation, experienced at a ballgame, that he would become a novelist to how his writing plays with the tension between the conscious and the unconscious, this animated video visually depicts Murakami's history with eye-popping artistry.

"[Murakami believes that] every person is the storehouse of her sensual, visual memories. A writer has to return to those memories and turn those experiences into words. It’s a very difficult, brilliant alchemy.” – Ilana Simons on Murakami