• What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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  • Author
    Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher
    Random House
  • Publication date
    10 October 2011

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

  • Author

    Haruki Murakami

  • Date Published

    10 October 2011

  • Publisher

    Random House

  • Pages

    192 pages

  • ISBN

    9781448103737

Book Description

'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional'

A compelling mediation on the power of running and a fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer. A perfect reading companion for runners.

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

Equal parts travelogue, training log and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston.

By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.

'There can never have been a book quite like this memoir of running and writing before. In its self-contained way, it's nothing less than an inspiration' Evening Standard

'Hugely enjoyable...You don't have to have run a marathon to be captivated' Sunday Telegraph

'Comical, charming and philosophical...an excellent memoir' GQ

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