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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running / A Memoir: Murakami, Haruki / Translated from the...

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running / A Memoir

Murakami, Haruki / Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel

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ISBN 10: 0307269191 / ISBN 13: 9780307269195
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2008
Condition: As New Hardcover
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"First United States Edition" stated. Boards resist opening past 60 degrees; as-new unread. In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. "Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon." 180 pp. Reduced from $60. Bookseller Inventory # 004817

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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running ...

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and—even more important—on his writing.

Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back.

By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in running.

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honors is the Franz Kafka Prize.

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