He and his wife ran Peter Cat together between 1974 and 1981. He published his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, in 1979.
Like the name of his jazz bar, cats also often feature prominently in some of his novels. He is on record as being a cat lover, like many other high profile Japanese authors, such as Kazufumi Shiraishi and Mitsuyo Kakuta.
Cats also play important roles in some of his best novels. Novels like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore and a story titled: Town of Cats, included in IQ84, which was published in 2011.
Murakami’s books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold millions of copies in Japan and internationally.
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