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The Ultimate Haruki Murakami Quiz

The Ultimate Haruki Murakami Quiz

A literary legend adored everywhere from Kyoto to Kidderminster, how much do you really know of the Japanese writer's work?

Though littered with awards and crowned as "among the world's greatest living novelists" by The Guardian, 64-year-old Murakami is actually something of a renegade in his native Japan. His anti-establishment themes have included everything from homosexuality to suicide, and as such have had a habit of upsetting the apple cart somehwat. But, if anything, his devil may care attitude to what's deemed 'acceptable' has only strengthened his loyal fanbase, with his latest novel - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - shifting over a million units in the first week alone.

Question is, how much do you (yes, you - hello!) know of Murakami's masterpieces? Earn your chops of Haruki fandom by tackling the below quiz, and find out.

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The Ultimate Haruki Murakami Quiz

Answers

1. Spinach

2. Norwegian Wood

3. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

4. Sputnik Sweetheart

5. Abba Abba

6. Jazz club

7. Sakhalin Island

8. Homosexual content

9. Green peas

10. The Dolphin

11. 1997

12. Pinball, 1973

13. 1980

14. Nail clippers

15. Malta Kano

16. Toru didn't notice Midori's new haircut

17. Two

18. Manchuria

19. Hear the Wind Sing

20. Jaguar

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The Ultimate Haruki Murakami Quiz

In 1Q84, what is Bun's favourite food?

Question 1 of 20

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Which Haruki Murakami book explores themes such as Nietzsche, Hawaii, Nefertiti, plinth, neck, flies and moles?

Question 2 of 20

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"When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini's The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta". Which book features the above quote?

Question 3 of 20

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Haruki Murakami has written four books in the Rat series. Which of the following books does not belong?

Question 4 of 20

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The Ultimate Haruki Murakami Quiz

In Dance Dance Dance, what is written on the epitaph of Anthony Burgess' marble memorial stone in Monte Carlo?

Question 5 of 20

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In South of the Border West, of the Sun, what is The Robin's Nest?

Question 6 of 20

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In 1Q84 What Chekhov book did Tengo choose for Fuka-Eri?

Question 7 of 20

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For what reason was the content of Norwegian Wood deemed unacceptable and taken off a school reading list in New Jersey, USA?

Question 8 of 20

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In 1Q84, what is the meaning of Aomame's name?

Question 9 of 20

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In which hotel do the narrator and his girlfriend stay, in A Wild Sheep Chase?

Question 10 of 20

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When was Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche released?

Question 11 of 20

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"Everybody was up to here in troubles, it seemed. Trouble fell like rain from the heavens, and we just couldn’t get enough of it. We went around picking up the stuff and cramming our pockets full of it. Even now I can’t figure out why we persisted in doing that. Maybe we mistook it for something else." Which book is this quote from?

Question 12 of 20

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Which year saw the release of Pinball, 1973?

Question 13 of 20

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In Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World , what gift does the narrator give to the librarian?

Question 14 of 20

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In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, what is the name of the person hired by the narrator's wife to find her cat?

Question 15 of 20

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In Norwegian Wood, why did Midori stop talking with Toru for 2 months?

Question 16 of 20

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In 1Q84, how many moons did Aomame see?

Question 17 of 20

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In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a Japanese secret agent is skinned alive. Where does this happen?

Question 18 of 20

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Which of these books was published first?

Question 19 of 20

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In Sputnik Sweetheart, the last time Miu is seen, she is driving which type of car?

Question 20 of 20

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