The Journal of Japanese Studies



Matthew C. Strecher
Magical Realism and the Search for Identity 
in the Fiction of Murakami Haruki

This article is concerned with how Murakami Haruki has used the techniques of "magical realism" to challenge and explore the concept of individual identity in Japan. It argues that Murakami's raison d'Ítre as a writer is to expose the steady decay of individual identity in members of the generation born immediately after the Second World War, and in each succeeding generation thereafter. In doing so, the article suggests a plausible explanation for the fact that while Murakami's works were initially aimed at his own generation--the youngest to participate in the Zenkyoto movement--they remain consistently popular with readers between the ages of 20 and 30.

Volume 25, Number 2 (Summer 1999)
© 1999 Society for Japanese Studies


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