Haruki Murakami

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Absolutely on Music

US Knopf
UK & Comm Harvill Secker

‘My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music.' 

Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest. 

Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.


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Editions Belfond
Editura Polirom
Dogan ve Egmont

These chats between novelist Murakami and Ozawa, former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, contain intriguing insights about the nature of music... The tone of the book is deliberate and contemplative. In some ways, these conversations are High Fidelity for classical music fans.

Publishers Weekly
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A conversation that is well worth hearing

Richard Osborne

I felt, while reading this book, as though... I could listen in on a marvellous spectacle, from a vantage point seldom allowed... an unprecedented treasure.

RO Kwon
The Guardian

A glimmer of insight into his mind, as well as a lively rumination on classical music.

Belfast Telegraph

An intimate and fascinating conversation between two maestros

Scottish Woman

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