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Haruki Murakami: Immersed in the surface

Haruki Murakami's hypnotic novels are both entirely Japanese and entirely global

Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Tokyo: "The question haunting modern Japan is how to take in the stuff of the west without losing one's soul." © Photo Pellegrini/Magnum

Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Harvill Secker, £20)

The whole story of Japan today, I sometimes think, could be told through the two master artists whose initials are HM. Hayao Miyazaki, the…

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