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Kafka on the Shore Essay | Critical Essay #5

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Critical Essay #5

In the following excerpt, Hensher discusses Murakami's accomplishment of creating fiction that feels realistic and has universal appeal despite its fantastical elements and Japanese settings.

Haruki Murakami must be one of the most successful novelists in the world, from the point of view of readership; he has a very substantial following in this country, but it is still much smaller than the enormous readership he has in much of Europe. He is not one of those writers who appeals most to foreign readers; his status in Japan, after the publication of Norwegian Wood, rose to such a level that he was forced to leave the country to flee his own celebrity.

At first sight, he seems to have attained this global status with a kind of global style. The manner of his writing is simple, clear and direct; the trappings of his novels are strikingly international...

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