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Murakami Haruki and the Sydney Olympics

(p.178) Chapter 8 The Alien without
The Alien Within
Leith Morton
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides a study of Murakami Haruki, the most famous, best read, and most widely translated novelist of contemporary Japan. It analyzes Murakami's book about the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which was published a year after the event. Murakami's travel diary is located within the long tradition in Japan of this genre of writing, and is read as an example of how contemporary Japanese literature portrays the foreign. The view of Australia that Murakami expounds in the diary can be contrasted with earlier representations of foreigners by writers like Tanizaki. While Tanizaki portrays a White Russian family in his masterpiece Sasameyuki in a comic vein, Murakami's book largely avoids stereotyping in its representation of foreigners.

Keywords:   Murakami Haruki, contemporary Japanese literature, 2000 Sydney Olympics, travel diary, Australia, stereotyping, Tanizaki, Sasameyuki

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