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    The problem of tatemashi in Murakami Haruki’s work: comparing The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84

    Katō, N. and Tsang, Michael (2020) The problem of tatemashi in Murakami Haruki’s work: comparing The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84. Japan Forum.

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    Abstract

    This article investigates a problem that has been underexamined in Murakami scholarship so far, namely what I will call tatemashi (stacking), a method of novel-writing which Murakami Haruki used twice in his career, first in Nejimakidori Kuronikuru and later in 1Q84. In both cases, Murakami first published a shorter, two-volume version, but later stacked up the novel with a third volume. This article studies the various problems surrounding this writing method. I suggest that edits during the translation process of the two novels into English have made it impossible to detect why tatemashi was carried out. By studying the Japanese versions, I identify that a main reason for tatemashi to happen is the thrust of a storyline that calls for the development of a ‘smaller-scale’ story of personal self-discovery into a ‘larger-scale’ tale of commitment to an ‘other’.

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    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: Translation by Michael Tsang
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): tatemashi, stacking, Murakami Haruki, Nejimakidori Kuronikuru, 1Q84
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Michael Tsang
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2021 09:07
    Last Modified: 13 Sep 2021 09:07
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/45880

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