3 best Haruki Murakami novels in Japan and in other countries.

Haruki Murakami is popular Japanese writer. Since its debut in 1979, he has created numerous popular works. His novel has been translated into languages of many countries, and it is popular outside of Japan. I show 3 popular books in Japan and in other countries.


1. In Japan

2. In other countries


In Japan

1. Kafka On The Shore

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“Kafka On The Shore” is a long novel by Haruki Murakami announced in 2002.

The hero is a 15-year-old boy, he running away from home and meet a mysterious experience. The hero is the youngest hero of all Haruki Murakami written.

This is the first novel that became a stage in Haruki Murakami’s novels.

2.  A Wild Sheep Chase



It is his third long novel announced in 1982.

It is a story that the hero who runs a company adventures and looks for a sheep.

Haruki Murakami got the award named “Noma-Bungei-Shinjinsyou” by this novel. He began to get many good reviews from other Japanese writers.


3. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World



This novel was published in 1985. It is the first novel published without being published in literary magazines in Haruki Murakami’s novels.

It is a story where the two worlds named ” Hard-Boiled Wonderland ” and ” End of the World ” intersect.

It was received the Japanese literary award named “Tanizaki-Junitirou-Syou”. At the time, he was 36 years old. He is the youngest winner next to Ooe Kenzaburou.

In other countries

1. After Dark

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This novel was published in 2004.

It is a story about a girl think about her family and herself at a city after dark.

The origin of this title is a jazz song named “Five Spot After Dark”. This story best  fits this song.

It is a short story in his novels. So this novel recommended as his novel to read first.

2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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This novel was published in 1994.

It is a story to find a missing wife and fight someone.

It was received the Japanese literary award named “Yomiuri-Bungakusyou” in 1998.

This novel translated by Jay Rubin was nominated for literary prize named “The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awaed” in 1999.

3. Norwegian Wood



It was announced in 1987.

It called “100% Love Story”. It draws people who have lost their loved ones.

The novel became a bestseller in Japan and in Haruki Murakami’s novel it sells the most in the world. The novel that caused Haruki Murakami to become popular in Japan and other countries.



Thank you for your time.

They are just a part of his novels.

There are some books that has no been translated yet, but many his works that not introduced this time already translated.

If you are Interested, please read his novels!