Book cover by Giving up a cat: what I’m talking about when I talk about my father Photo: Courtesy of Beijing Xiron Culture Group Co., Ltd.
Chinese version Giving up a cat: what I’m talking about when I talk about my father written by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami was released Thursday.
Murakami, known as an excellent “post-WWII writer”, is very popular in China for his works, especially Norwegian forest and Hear the wind sing.
Many Chinese netizens have expressed great expectation for the author’s new book, as it focuses on his father and his father’s involvement in the war of resistance against Japanese aggression (1931-45).
In the book, Murakami covers his father’s entire life, while recalling his long bitter relationship with his father for nearly 20 years. It shows readers the hesitations and fear his father experienced in life and how his father’s life becomes a source of confusion and anxiety for him about the world.
Murakami also reflects on war. He criticizes the immoral acts of the Japanese military and tries to find a connection between the lives of individuals and the history of the world.
“One summer afternoon my dad and I went to the beach to give up a cat…” But when they get home, the cat has already come home, waiting for them.
“Haruki Murakami bluntly compares his father to the abandoned cat. The book is only prose, but for Murakami it is an important book about his reflection on life,” Li Jingze, vice president, told Global Times of the China Writers Association.
Deng Anqing, a Chinese writer and professor at the Academy of Philosophy at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the Global Times that the subject of the book was a very rare choice for the writer because he never mentioned any details. about his family in his 40s – a one-year writing career.
“I did my best to write it. It’s a duty as a writer,” Murakami said after writing the book.
Deng said that “luck” and “inconvenience” are the two words that impressed him the most after reading the book. His father has already served in the army three times. The first two businesses are destroyed during the war after his father left, then the war ended two months later after he joined for the third time.
His father has emerged unscathed from the clutches of war over and over again, which is great fortune and luck, but this is also where the “inconvenience” lies. All of his former comrades lost their lives on distant battlefields for nothing. The only survivor, his father must endure great pain and great guilt in his heart.
“As a Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami did not deliberately ignore the existence of the war of resistance against Japanese aggression, nor did he distort and justify it by embellishing it. He has always been an anti writer. -convinced war, ”Deng said.