StrecherWinona State University Professor Matthew Strecher’s new book “The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami” explores the mysteries of the wildly imaginative work of author Haruki Murakami.

In “The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami,” readers will find a map to the strange realm of Murakami’s most bizarre scenes and characters. Exposing the psychological and mythical underpinnings of this other world, Strecher shows how these considerations color Murakami’s depictions of the individual and collective soul. The book covers all of Murakami’s work and concludes with the first full-length reading of the writer’s newest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.”

Strecher is an associate professor in the Global Studies and World Languages department at Winona State University. He is author of “Dances with Sheep: The Quest for Identity in the Fiction of Haruki Murakami,” and “Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle: A Reader’s Guide.”

“The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami” was published by the University of Minnesota Press. The book is currently available on Amazon and on the University of Minnesota Press website.

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