What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
Author: Haruki Murakami | Paperback
An intimate look at writing, running, and the incredible way they intersect, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is an illuminating glimpse into the solitary passions of one of our greatest artists. While training for the New York City Marathon, Haruki Murakami decided to keep a journal of his progress. The result is a memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing, full of vivid recollections and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, here is a rich and revelatory work that elevates the human need for motion to an art form.
"A fascinating portrait of Murakami's working mind and how he works his magic on the page." --The Plain Dealer
"A brilliant meditation on how his running and writing nurture and sustain each other. . . . With spare, engaging prose . . . Murakami shares his runner's high." --Sports Illustrated
"A genuine memoir, filled with gentle minutiae that truly communicates the rhythm of Murakami's daily life and work...Murakami actually offers himself whole." --Jesse Jarnow, Paste Magazine
"Highly recommended...Practical philosophy from a man whose insight into his own character, and how running both suits and shapes that character, is revelatory and can provide tools for readers to examine and improve their own lives." --Library Journal
**Lani's Staff Pick**
A rare glimpse into the mind of internationally acclaimed Japanese writer Haruki Murakami as the "running novelist." In this first and only memoir, Murakami muses about why he runs, his need to run, and all the lessons, glories, and pains that come with this essential part of his being. It can inspire you to put on your shoes and start running yourself!