It seems like one of my favourite authors is releasing his memoir soon. The title of the book is “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” and I think he got the inspiration for the title from Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” which is an excellent story and Murakami is one of Carver’s fans, having also translated all of his works into Japanese. In fact Murakami has been hugely influenced by Carver and when he read Carver for the first time, Carver’s “So Much Water So Close to Home”, he was “literally shocked” and regarded Carver as his teacher and literary comrade.*
The publisher’s blurp:
“What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, the new memoir from Haruki Murakami, is on sale July 29th. Pre-order now and get free shipping!
In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and—even more important—on his writing.
Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back.
By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in running.
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*Reference: Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin