Haruki Murakami

“The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned at school.” ― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

The other day, when friends were scrutinizing my bookcase and noticed a few Murakami volumes, I was reminded of the profile on the Japanese author in The Guardian back in 2003. (For those of you who are interested, you can read it here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/may/17/fiction.harukimurakami). It was that article that made me think 'hey, translation, that might be an interesting thing to do." During all my years at school and university, studying English lit and reading voraciously, it had never once crossed my mind. But reading about Murakami's schedule (writing, followed by a jog and some record shop browsing, and then some translation), I was struck by the both the discipline and freedom as well as the creativity of his working life. I looked into courses and ended up doing a literary translation course at UCL. So I've got Haruki Murakami to thank or blame for my present circumstances...