Haruki Murakami, 69, donated rare works to his alma mater.

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 Haruki Murakami, 69, donated rare works to his alma mater.


Haruki Murakami rarely receives media interviews, but recently began to participate in radio programs and other public appearances have increased. He held a press conference at Waseda University in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Thursday, announcing that he would donate drafts to his alma mater and translated works from all over the world.

Haruki Murakamis works in a bookstore in Tokyo. (visual China)

As for the reasons for holding the press conference, Haruki Murakami said, Donation materials are extremely important to me and must be explained well.

Haruki Murakami said that after nearly 40 years of writing, there was almost no room at home or in the office to put drafts, documents and other materials. I dont have children, so Im worried that they might be scattered after my death, so I decided to keep them in one place.

Haruki Murakamis new book Knights murder (visual China)

Haruki Murakami said he had considered donating to foreign universities, but eventually chose his Japanese alma mater and thought it was the right decision. Waseda University will discuss and make full use of these data to establish a literary related international research center. Haruki Murakami entered the first Literature Department of Waseda University in 1968 and graduated in 1975. In 1979, he won the New Humanities Award for Japanese Mass Images for Listening to the Wind and Singing. Since then, he has published many best-selling works such as Norwegian Forest and 1Q84, which have been translated into more than 50 languages. Source: overseas web editor: Zhang Xianchao _NN9310

Haruki Murakami said he had considered donating to foreign universities, but eventually chose his Japanese alma mater and thought it was the right decision. Waseda University will discuss and make full use of these data to establish a literary related international research center.

Haruki Murakami entered the first Literature Department of Waseda University in 1968 and graduated in 1975. In 1979, he won the New Humanities Award for Japanese Mass Images for Listening to the Wind and Singing. Since then, he has published many best-selling works such as Norwegian Forest and 1Q84, which have been translated into more than 50 languages.