Articles by Ben Dooley

October 26, 2011

A Novelist Unmoored from Himself: Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 15

1Q84 is Murakami’s finest work: nuanced, brilliant, gripping, philosophical but never tendentious, self-assured, cleverly post-modern yet authentic, and possessed of a haunting surrealism that by this point surely deserves its own adjective: Murakamian?

April 19, 2010

Murakami’s latest out in Japan 0

The third volume of Haruki Murakami’s mega-hit 1Q84 went on sale Friday morning in Japan.

February 19, 2010

Online translations of Murakami’s short fiction 0

For those who can’t wait for Haruki Murakami‘s new novel, Will over at Wednesday Afternoon Picnic will be translating flash fiction from Murakami’s collection of short stories Kumozaru.

February 19, 2010

Part 3 of Murakami’s 1Q84 coming soon in Japan 0

Part Three of Haruki Murakami’s massive new novel 1Q84 will be released in April. The novel is expected to be released in English by Random House in Fall 2011. Check out our previous reporting on Murakami’s latest here.

January 22, 2010

Bookless in Laredo 0

As of last week, Laredo, Texas, a city of 250,000 people has no bookstore. A sign of the coming apocalypse or a great business opportunity? You decide.

January 13, 2010

Avatar in Russia 0

James Cameron just can’t win with the Reds. Not just the Chinese communists, but the Russians, as well, have taken issue with Avatar‘s politics.

January 12, 2010

Pandora’s Box: Avatar Sparks Debate in China 5

Chinese viewers see parallels between the movie’s plot and one of the nation’s most prominent social issues: the forced removal of Chinese citizens from their homes for government development projects.

January 11, 2010

Finishing Novels in Prison 0

The China Daily has an article today criticizing corrupt Chinese officials for signing lucrative book deals in prison. They must not know that some of the world’s most influential works of philosophy and fiction were written in the slammer.

January 11, 2010

Why doesn’t more foreign fiction make it to the U.S.? 0

An interesting piece on why more foreign books don’t make it to U.S. shores. The take away? U.S. publishers generally don’t speak foreign languages and can’t readily assess a book’s quality.

January 11, 2010

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski 0

Following in the footsteps of the recent Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, the Coen Brothers’ cult movie The Big Lebowski has received the Shakespeare treatment.