On a recent trip to Britain, bestselling author Haruki Murakami was asked who his favourite Japanese author was. He replied that it was his namesake, Ryu Murakami.
Renaissance man for the modern age, Ryu Murakami has played drums for a rock group, made movies and hosted a TV talk show. His first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, written while he was still a student, was awarded Japan’s most coveted literary prize and went on to sell over a million copies. Prior to Piercing, published in January 2007, his most recent novel to appear in English was In the Miso Soup (published 2005).
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