Tokyo, Sept. 22 (BUS): A library dedicated to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s writings, record collection, and records will open next week in Tokyo as a site for literary research and cultural exchange and a gathering place for his fans, according to the Associated Press.
The Haruki Murakami Library, which opened October 1 at Waseda University, his university, contains a replica of his study with a simple desk, rows of bookshelves and a record player, as well as a student-run café serving his favorite food. Roasted coffee.
The library, officially called the Waseda International House of Literature, currently holds about 3,000 of Murakami’s books, manuscripts, and other materials, including translations of his works in dozens of languages, and part of his vast collection of records.
In the hall adjacent to the library is an audio room where recordings are shown, some stamped “Petercat,” the name of the jazz bar he ran after graduating from Waseda.
They include the records of Billie Holiday, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.
Murakami said he would contribute as much as possible to the library. He is currently focusing on his work, but said he hopes it will be expanded to include the work of other novelists “so that it becomes a large-scale and seamless research space”.
Following his 1979 debut novel, Hear the Sound of the Wind Sing, his 1987 romance Norwegian Forest became his first bestseller, establishing him as a young literary star.
He is also known for bestsellers such as “A Wild Sheep Chase”, “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” and “1Q84” and is a permanent nominee for the Nobel Prize for Literature.