- The hermetic Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s will be channeling Dear Abby more than Franz Kafka in his next writing venture. Shinchosha Publishing announced today that the author is starting an “agony uncle” website called “Murakami-san no tokoro” (“Mr. Murakami’s place”), where the surrealist writer, 65, will offer advice to his legions of followers. “He will receive questions of any kind,” said the publisher, including queries seeking his personal guidance and opinions, as well as questions about his personal likes and dislikes. And, as Murakami’s works have been translated into over 50 languages around the world, he will field questions in a variety of languages.
The bestselling writer has garnered a cultish adoration from readers with his “intricately crafted tales of the absurdity and loneliness of modern life,” as the The Japan Times describes them. Among his most famous works are Norwegian Wood (1987), Kafka on the Shore (2002), 1Q84 (2009), and last year’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. The URL for the site is not available yet, but Murakami will begin accepting questions on Jan. 15 through the end of them month. He will respond to all the submissions in February and March. As Murakami is known for being media-shy and highly private, this forum should be a way for him to communicate with fans while circumventing the media machine. “After so long, I want to exchange emails with readers,” Murakami was quoted as saying by Shinchosha. [The Telegraph]