Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer. He was well-known for the bestsellers of books and stories in Japan as well as internationally, in which his work is translated into 50 languages and there are millions of copies sold into the world. His contribution was rewarded by various awards, typically World Fantasy Award (2006), the Franz Kafka Prize (2006) and the Jerusalem Prize (2009). He is also considered an important figure in postmodern literature and appreciated as among the world's greatest living novelists by Steven Poole of The Guardian.
In his childhood, he was influenced by Western culture and read a variety of works by European and American writers like Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens and Kurt Vonnegut. He attended Waseda University in Tokyo to study drama. Before graduating, he also opened a coffeehouse and jazz bar. His witing career began when he was 29 with the first novel Hear the Wind Sing (1979).
His father was the son of a Buddhist priest and his mother the daughter of an Osaka merchant. He met his wife, Yoko, at Waseda University in Tokyo.