What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

By Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel (Translator)
(Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307269195, 179pp.)

Publication Date: July 29, 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2008 Indie Next List
“Focus. Endurance. Will. Murakami argues that these traits are at least as important as talent in both running and writing--probably even more important. Whether you're a writer or a runner (or both), or just somebody who wants an entertaining read, you'll find a lot to love in this marvelous book.”
-- Dave Mallmann, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Brookfield, WI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List Highlights 2008


Description

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.




About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honors is the Franz Kafka Prize.



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