From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami’s four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, 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 cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after age fifty, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.
Ray Porter is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Almost Famous, ER, and Frasier.
Philip Gabriel has
published translations of four novels, one short story collection, and two
works of non-fiction by Haruki Murakami, as well as short stories of Murakami’s
in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and elsewhere. His translation
of Kuroi’s novel Life in the Cul-de-sac
won the 2001 Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize for the translation of
Japanese Literature, and in 2006 he was awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club
Translation Prize for his translation of Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore, a book which was selected by The New York Times as one of the Ten
Best Books of 2005. He has recently completed translations of a second novel by
Yoshida Shuichi, Parade, and Murakami’s
latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki
and His Years of Pilgrimage.