Axiom Magazine : Mitzi Akaha

July 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Even beyond incorporation of the film, you use a lot of Japanese language—among many others—in your book. Have you studied?

Many years ago, in London, I came across a book by Murakami Haruki whose English title is “A Wild Sheep Chase” (Hitsuji o meguru boken). I loved this book. I read somewhere that Murakami had translated many hardboiled detective novels into Japanese. His translator had translated the book back into hardboiled English. I wondered what this would be like in Japanese (I did not know a word of the language).

I especially liked a chapter in which the narrator, his girlfriend and a driver debate the naming of cats (they are appalled that he has not given his cat a name). I decided I would like to see what some of this book was like in Japanese.

Axiom Magazine, June 13, 2011

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