Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honors is the Franz Kafka Prize.
"Beautifully written and full of great running aphorisms...Anyone who knows perseverance can appreciate this work." -Helen Montoya, "San Antonio Express-News" "Engaging, insightful..."What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" extends [Murakami's] winning streak." -Jenny Shank, "Sunday Camera" "["What I Talk About When I Talk About""Running" is] a graceful explanation of Mr. Murakami's intertwining obsessions, conveyed with his characteristic ability to draw unexpected connections. Running may be a matter of placing one foot in front of the other on the ground, but, as is so often the case with Mr. Murakami, terrestrial objects have a tendency to take flight." -Chloe Schama, "New York Sun" "Murakami constructs this piecemeal narrative with the same masterful, accessible prose marked by humor and streaks of magic which has made him a household name, the same staggering insights, the same fascinating connections...this is exactly what makes Murakami so special: his ability to render everything a part of everything else, and to end with monumental poignancy...In an extremely personal, candid and moving way, the book makes one want to read and run at the same time." -Reynard Seifert, "Austin Fit Magazine" "[Murakami's] descriptive eye is as acute as ever...Fascinating...A glimpse into the creative process of one of the world's great writers." -Dan Pope, "The Hartford Courant""Enthralling...Throughout this quirky, brilliant gem, Murakami's life lessons unfold with plainspoken power that should prove valuable to a broad readership-even those who have no ambitions to write elaborate novels or run grueling races." -Hank Shteamer, "Time Out New York" "A felicitous, casual series of reflections and anecdotes...[Murakami] has a Warholian way of tinting the mundane with mystery and restrained humor...Do still waters run deep? This paean to a runner's life keeps us, pleasurably, wondering." -Joel Rice, "The Tennessean" "In "Wha