What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Coming this October: Killing Commendatore, the much-anticipated new novel from Haruki Murakami

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.

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pg. 34: "I never could stand being forced to do something I didn't want to do at a time I didn't want to do it. Whenever I was able to do something I liked to do, though, when I wanted to do it, and the way I wanted to do it, I'd give it everything I had."
pg. 45: "The most important thing we ever learn at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned in school."
 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
24
Section 3
48
Section 4
69
Section 5
88
Section 6
103
Section 7
123
Section 8
136
Section 9
152
Section 10
175
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About the author (2008)

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honors is the Franz Kafka Prize.

www.harukimurakami.com


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