"Living in this transient world leaves many people with a sense of detachment. Not everyone can positively find their place in the real world, and many people live this life with unstated feelings and regrets. Murakami’s novels give a sense of relief to these people."
"I like strong women. Like Aomame, the heroine of 1Q84. In fact, it is much more exciting for me to write about women like that than to write about men. Tengo, for example, is much closer to me. I know him very well because he is quite similar to me. I know what he feels and what he does. Much unlike Aomame. Putting myself in her shoes, that is a huge challenge, it makes my imagination run at full speed. But I could never fall in love with any of my characters. Because when I’m writing, I become the character myself, at least for a moment. It makes me be Aomame as much as Flaubert is Madame Bovary. But eventually I’m also Tengo. It’s all about keeping up that balance. It’s about shifting from male to female, from one place to the next. I never want to be bound to anything. I always want to be able to come and go as I please."
Haruki Murakami, interview with Die Zeit (via murakamistuff)
"I’m completely alone, in the coldest, loneliest place in the world. When I cry, my husband kisses my cheeks, turning my tears to ice. He peels off those frozen tears and puts them on his tongue. You know I love you, he says. And I know it’s true. The Ice Man does love me. But the wind blows his frozen words further and further into the past. And I cry some more, icy tears welling up endlessly in our frozen little home in the far-off South Pole."
Haruki Murakami - The Ice Man (via murakamistuff)