Haruki Murakami talks about his life and work with Sam Anderson, including his newest novel 1Q84.
For decades now, Murakami has been talking about working himself up to write what he calls a ‘comprehensive novel’ — something on the scale of ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ one of his artistic touchstones. (He has read the book four times.) This seems to be what he has attempted with ‘1Q84’: a grand, third-person, all-encompassing meganovel. It is a book full of anger and violence and disaster and weird sex and strange new realities, a book that seems to want to hold all of Japan inside of it — a book that, even despite its occasional awkwardness (or maybe even because of that awkwardness), makes you marvel, reading it, at all the strange folds a single human brain can hold.