Haruki Murakami: Science fiction who does not like reading science fiction

Haruki Murakami: Science fiction who does not like reading science fiction

Read Haruki Murakami is a journey of self-discovery, full of dream experiences and parallel worlds. Easy to read, simple but charming and very well written, it is an excellent option to enter the wonderful world of science fiction who do not like the genre.

I can not be objective when I talk Haruki Murakami , in fact I think he is the href=”http://hipertextual.com/tag/premio-nobel” Nobel prizes Literature which is Leonardo Di Caprio Oscar: the eternal forgotten, despite deserve more than anyone. And, from my perspective, the work of Murakami has everything I like in literature: stories well told, impeccable prose, cats and a touch of science fiction is ideal for those who feel a slight bitterness to the sci-fi literature.

Murakami was born in 1949. It’s a Japanese writer and translator, but above all is an interesting person. he began writing almost by accident , after receiving an epiphany a first of April 1978, when watching a baseball game. Jazz lover (he ran a club in his youth), love that results in his works; full of musical references, and runs every day. In fact, sees his work as a novelist is intrinsically related to running marathons, something that is deep in self-biographical book “From what I mean when I talk about running. ” Despite having almost seventy years, his work is very popular among youth and believes that his books are successful at environments chaos.

Trying to describe Murakami’s work can be complicated . We could say that is an amalgam of Western culture and Japanese influences punctuated by author are extensive and we face a journey of self-discovery. It seems that Murakami is obsessed with jazz, cats and tunnels, ingredients always present in his work but are only metaphors to talk about the abyss of loneliness and knowledge itself. Almost as with the protagonist of “Bird Chronicle winds the world” , must descend into the abyss, into the well to meet. All it framed in simple prose, everyday words, easy to read, which is slowly slipping in the eyes of the reader (and prevent its beauty is lost in translation) almost like a movie and we are immersed in their worlds . chaotic and alternative

Is the work of science fiction Murakami

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Image: Algol – Shutterstock

While it is true that the definition of the genre of science fiction href=”http://hipertextual.com/2015/07/peliculas-ciencia-ficcion” is quite controversial, there are common elements that any work must have to be considered within the genre. The novelist and doctor of biology Eduardo Gallego in collaboration with Guillem Sánchez propose a fairly accurate definition:

Science fiction is a genre of imaginary narratives that can not occur in the world we know, due to transformation narrative scenario, based on an alteration of scientific, spatial, temporal, social or coordinates descriptive, but so that it is acceptable as reported rational speculation.

Some argue that Murakami’s work is better defined within the magic realism or postmodernism, but I dare say that science fiction is a literary turn. Returning to the work of Gallego and Sanchez, the three premises that a work must meet to be considered science fiction are:

1. It is an imaginary story: From this perspective almost any novel can comply with this part. But in the case of Murakami, this takes another level. In 1Q84 two parallel stories, that of a gymnast / therapist specializing in murdering men who abuse women and a teacher who wants to be a writer and ends up becoming the ghostwriter of the work done by Fuka Eri, is tell a girl of 17 years. From here the plot dyes will be held science fiction.

2. It contains an idea that a transformation of the narrative scene to such an extent that no longer belongs to our empirical reality : In “Sputnik, My Love,” the story takes an unexpected turn when Sumire, the protagonist, takes a whirlwind trip myu, his boss, a Greek island and it disappears from the face of the earth. Then they will realize that they are in an alternate reality. In 1Q84, the same players are aware of the change between reality and the parallel world:

Komatsu considered this for a long time, wrinkles will be formed on both sides of the nose. Finally he sighed and looked around. “What a strange world. With each passing day becomes more difficult to know how much is only hypothetical and how much it is real. Tell me, I have, as a novelist, what is your definition of reality? – “When someone spades with a needle, the red blood comes out – that’s the real world,” I replied.

3. A rationalization of the narrative is intended, albeit purely formal way. In 1Q84 Aomame explains to Fukada she lives in a parallel commonality, so Fukada’Por explains why he is living

“If you do not believe in the world or if you lack love, everything will be a mere forgery. In both worlds, or are in the world you are, the line dividing the hypothesis of the facts is, in most cases imperceptible. That line can be seen only with the eyes of the heart. “

While it is true that one of the primary characteristics of Murakami’s work is the ability to develop the mystery As they move the pages , alternative worlds, different realities that converge in the history of its protagonists have a more or less rational, at least within the universe almost dreamlike narrative explanation.

Similarly, you can see the parallelism of some works of Murakami with great classics of science fiction. 1Q84 is to some extent a tribute to 1984, the Orwell , although not apparent at first glance. While it is true that one of the central themes of 1984 of Orwell is the freedom of the individual, free will; in 1Q84 it is not Big Brother who controls the will of the people, but a sect called La Vanguardia. In a chapter the protagonists come to talk precisely about 1984:

George Orwell described the future as a dark society controlled by a totalitarian system. A dictator who is called Big Brother strictly governs people. The information is restricted and constantly rewrite history. The protagonist works for the administration and deals with correct words. To build a new history, the old is removed completely. To this end they will also replacing the words or their meanings change. As history is rewritten so often, there comes a point where nobody knows what is true. Nobody knows who is friend and who is foe.

Haruki Murakami: science fiction for those who like the genre

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Image: michelangelus – Shutterstock

It is necessary to face it. Not everyone feels the same love of science fiction literature we feel we . There are those who claim not to enjoy this genre because I do not know, believe that science fiction is only about robots and future depressing and bored by reading about these issues. However, I consider it a must read works of science fiction and had commented on a previous article, so I think that Murakami is wonderful to introduce this kind of surreptitiously those who refuse to even browse a story of Asimov.

All jobs Murakami are very well written, so any lover of literature will be able to appreciate them. As well spun is the prose of this author, who begins to introduce almost without realizing the fantastic and hallucinogenic science fiction twist. If you want to start with something light, I recommend Sputnik, My Love. It is short, simple and revealing. As a second course, After Dark it is ideal. The narrative covers the period from night until dawn the next day, in which a person is swallowed by the TV (and not say more because I do not want to give spoilers). After that, they are ready for a bit longer works: Bird Chronicle winds the world and 1Q84; but if they want science fiction pure and simple, go directly to Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

The end of the world a ruthless Wonderland the story is told in two voices, two different scenarios: a futuristic Tokyo (The Wonderland) and a walled city (to the world). At the end of the world the protagonist is a man who lost his shadow and works by reading the memories locked in the skulls of unicorns (yes, Unicorns ) for mapping of the city; while in the Wonderland, the protagonist is Calcutec, a processing system and human data encryption. Of course, in all these novels jazz and cats they are present, Murakami would be if they were not.


Haruki Murakami: Science fiction who does not like reading science fiction
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July 15, 2015

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