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Haruki Murakami’s Short Stories in Persian

Haruki Murakami’s Short Stories in PersianHaruki Murakami’s Short Stories in Persian

A collection of short stories, ‘’Men Without Women’’ by Japanese author Haruki Murakami is available in Persian.  

The work of the acclaimed writer has been translated in Persian from English by poet, writer and translator Niloufar Sharifi and released by Morvarid Publication, Mehr News Agency reported.

The book includes seven short stories about men who have lost their women, usually to other men or death.

Murakami, 69, wrote the book in Japanese in 2014. It was later translated and published in English in 2017. He has written 14 novels, four short story collections and over 10 essays. He is the recipient of Franz Kafka Prize, Frank O’ Connor International Short story award, Tanizaki Prize and Kiriyama Prize.

His notable works are  ‘’A Wild Sheep Chase’’ (1982), ‘’Norwegian Wood’’ (1987), ‘’The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’’ (1994–95), ‘’Kafka on the Shore’’ (2002), and ‘’1Q84’’ (2009–10).

Murakami has recently faced controversy when his latest novel ‘’Killing Commendatore’’ was declared indecent by Hong Kong censors due to its sexual content. The book was also removed from the Hong Kong Book Fair where it was on display. The decision has raised many eyebrows and is being widely criticized.  According to a report in Hong Kong Free Press, the decision was taken by Obscene Articles Tribunal that has classified the Chinese-language edition of the book as “Class II – indecent materials”.

Under such classification, the publisher must not distribute the book to people under the age of 18, and it must be sealed with printed warnings on the front and back covers.

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