Haruki Murakami

1949 - Today

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Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹, Murakami Haruki, born January 12, 1949) is a Japanese writer. His novels, essays, and short stories have been best-sellers in Japan and internationally, with his work translated into 50 languages and having sold millions of copies outside Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Haruki Murakami has received more than 9,002,018 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Haruki Murakami is the 110th most popular writer (up from 128th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Japan (up from 12th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Writer.

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author and translator who is most famous for his surrealist novels.

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  • 9.0M

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  • 76.55

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 93

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.85

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.82

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Tokio blues
A Wild Sheep Chase
Norwegian Wood
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
Dance, Dance, Dance
At thirty something, Murakami's nameless hero lives in a hi-tech, high-rise world where old virtues die fast and success is all that matters. He has shared in the glittering city's spoils, and while he has not sold his soul, he knows that something is lacking in his life.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria. Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The novel is a story of how a woman named Aomame begins to notice strange changes occurring in the world. She is quickly enraptured in a plot involving Sakigake, a religious cult, her childhood love, Tengo, and embarks on a journey to discover what is "real".


Among writers, Haruki Murakami ranks 110 out of 7,302Before him are Abu Nuwas, Du Fu, André Gide, Stephen King, Maurice Maeterlinck, and August Strindberg. After him are Apuleius, Jean de La Fontaine, George Bernard Shaw, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Sully Prudhomme, and Federico García Lorca.

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Among people born in 1949, Haruki Murakami ranks 5Before him are Pablo Escobar, Benjamin Netanyahu, António Guterres, and Caitlyn Jenner. After him are Niki Lauda, Meryl Streep, Pedro Almodóvar, Mark Knopfler, Bernard Arnault, Lech Kaczyński, and Anna Wintour.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Haruki Murakami ranks 10 out of 6,245Before him are Akihito (1933), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Emperor Meiji (1852), Oda Nobunaga (1534), and Matsuo Bashō (1644). After him are Yukio Mishima (1925), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Naruhito (1960), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Emperor Taishō (1879), and Isoroku Yamamoto (1884).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Haruki Murakami ranks 3Before him are Miyamoto Musashi (1584), and Matsuo Bashō (1644). After him are Yukio Mishima (1925), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Osamu Dazai (1909), Murasaki Shikibu (973), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Natsume Sōseki (1867), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), and Kōbō Abe (1924).