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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

By Haruki Murakami

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2006,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2007,
    384 pages.

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In addition to writing his own books in Japanese (which have been translated into more than thirty languages), Murakami is a skillful translator of English works into Japanese, including works by Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver, John Irving and Paul Theroux.

In 2006, Murakami became the sixth winner of the Franz Kafka Prize, co-sponsored by the Franz Kafka Society and the city of Prague (previous winners include Philip Roth and Harold Pinter). In 2007 he was awarded the Kiriyama Prize for Fiction for Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman but, according to the Kiriyama Official website, "declined to accept the award for reasons of personal principle". The Kiriyama Prize, established in 1996, is a literary award given to books which will encourage greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia. Previous winners include Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin for Three Cups of Tea, ...

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