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Date of Birth 12 January 1949Kyoto, Japan

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Haruki Murakami graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1975. Widely considered one of Japan's most important 20th-century novelists, he is heavily influenced by American culture and has been criticized by some Japanese critics as overly Westernized. His often solitary, withdrawn, and world-weary protagonists are generally stripped of Japanese tradition. Frequently called postmodern, his fiction, which often includes elements of surreal fantasy and is sprinkled with references to American popular culture, is cool and contemporary; his distinctive style is often characterized as "hard-boiled." His first novel was Hear the Wind Sing (1979). Since then he has published such novels as Pinball 1973 (1980), A Wild Sheep Chase (1982), Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985), Norwegian Wood (1987), Dance, Dance, Dance (1988), The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995), The Sputnik Sweetheart (1999), and Kafka on the Shore (2002). He has also written short stories, e.g., those collected in The Elephant Vanishes (1993) and After the Quake (2002), and done translations. His first nonfiction book, Underground (2001), is an oral history of the 1995 gas attack by religious extremists in the Tokyo subway and its relation to the Japanese psyche.

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Yoko Murakami (1971 - present)

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Born to the son of Buddhist priest and his wife, daughter of an Osaka merchant, who both taught Japanese literature, he grew up in Kobe.
After studying theater arts at Waseda University in Tokyo, he ran his jazz bar "Peter Cat" from 1974 to 1982.
Has participated at long-distance-races since 1982, running his first marathon on the original track between Athens and the city of Marathon.
Translated into Japanese many of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, J.D. Salinger and John Irving.

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