3 thoughts on “Kafka, Rowling, Lem”

  1. It may be a bit of a cop-out, but Murakami has a way of tran­scend­ing crit­ic­al fac­ulties. His style (or his trans­lat­ors’ styles) and con­tent are pretty basic, almost to the point of banal­ity. But he man­ages some­how to cre­ate a mood and an atmo­sphere like few oth­er writers I know. I’d com­pare his work to the music of Radiohead, which can sound (object­ively) like annoy­ing clat­ter with sixth-form lyr­ics scattered on top, but (instict­ively) it works. Thom Yorke is, unsur­pris­ingly, a Murakami fan.

    If you can be bothered to per­sist with him, I’d sug­gest The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (big and sprawly) or, maybe bet­ter, the under­rated South Of The Border, West Of The Sun (small and sad — rather like a Wong Kar Wei film). Kafka was a return to form after the tire­some Sputnik Sweetheart, but it’s hardly him at his best.

    Good site, btw. Will return.

  2. Thanks for your com­ment, Tim. I have a feel­ing that there’s some­thing about Murakami that I’ve missed and, since one of my favour­ite authors (David Mitchell) is a Marukami fan, I’ll prob­ably pick up anoth­er one at some point. South of the Border sounds inter­est­ing…


  3. Unfortunately, I am not that big of a fan. Was rather dis­en­chanted after read­ing his Wind-Up Bird Chronicles earli­er this year, and had just pos­ted a cri­ti­cism on his Elephant Vanishes that you might be inter­ested in.

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