Interpretations is a club where we dive into fresh English translations of stand-out fiction from around the world.
This month the club will be discussing Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin!
** We will be gathering virtually on Zoom at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/824217999?pwd=ZDZXQWVuSEJBd1ZYQ1NMZnZOY0xSUT09
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Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A magnificent coming-of-age story steeped in nostalgia, Norwegian Wood blends the music, the mood, and the ethos that were the sixties with a young man's hopeless and heroic first love.
Stunning and elegiac, Norwegian Wood first propelled Haruki Murakami into the forefront of the literary scene.
Haruki Murakami lives near Tokyo.
Newly translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.
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