Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is a prolific bestselling author whose books have been translated into fifty languages and have sold millions of copies outside of Japan.

Murakami is noted for his somewhat absurdist humor in his writing, as well as many traditional elements of Japanese literature.

Among his many notable novels, Kafka on the Shore is probably the best known.

It follows two distinct plots.  In one, a fifteen-year-old boy named Kafka goes on a journey to escape an oedipal curse and find his family. In the other, a cat-finder named Nakata realizes that his path is changing.

Murakami’s writing blends so many elements of literature—like humor, magical realism, suspense, and more—and he is truly one of the most groundbreaking writers of our time.

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