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Tuesday, 7th May 2013
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Murakami suggests authors need to think deeply to write well

Japanese author Haruki Murakami who has not made a public appearance for some 18 years broke the habit of a lifetime by coming to speak at a seminar in Kyoto entitled Observe soul, write soul.

The 64-year-old suggested that in order to write you need to access some dark places in your mind, while still retaining your sanity. 

"For novelists or musicians, if they really want to create something, they need to go downstairs and find a passage to get into the second basement. 

"What I want to do is go down there, but still stay sane," he said. 

The author suggested that the reason he rarely makes public appearances is that he does not like to court attention.

"Please think of me like an endangered species and just observe me quietly from far away. 

"If you try to talk to me or touch me casually, I may get intimidated and bite you. So please be careful," he said. 

Murakami's last novel 1Q84 was published on May 29th 2009 and was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2011. 

Written by  Mark Smith

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