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Transmission: Tuesday, 24th June 2008

A Wild Sheep Chase: In Search Of Haruki Murakami

Alan Yentob goes in search of the myth of Haruki Murakami, the notoriously publicity-shy author of international bestsellers such as Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood.

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A Wild Sheep Chase: In Search Of Haruki Murakami 

Episode Guide: Haruki Murakami

Episode Guide: Haruki Murakami

Posted: Tuesday, 24th June 2008

Alan Yentob explores the mysterious, offbeat, sexually charged world of Japan's most popular and internationally acclaimed writer.

Haruki Murakami is incomparable, a literary novelist tipped for the Nobel Prize, who writes cool, witty, and often surreal bestsellers. Notoriously enigmatic and media-shy Murakami has always shunned radio and television. However, he agreed to a rare and frank off-camera interview with the producer for this programme.

In this impressionistic film, Alan Yentob travels in Japan through the strange, labyrinthine landscape of Murakami's fiction on a jazz-fuelled 'wild sheep chase' of a journey. In Tokyo and Kobe he delves into the social and political background of Murakami's work and encounters his fans, critics, translators and a talking cat.

A Wild Sheep Chase: In Search Of Haruki Murakami, BBC One, 24th June 2008, 10.45pm.

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