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Very Good/Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall Octavo 9781846552205 Hardback Hardback. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Translated From the Japanese by Philip Gabriel. In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year leater, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of races, not to mention triathlons and a slew of critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts travelogue, training log and remiscence, 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 Rive in Boston, among young women who outpace him. Through this marvellous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this book is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful writer and for the vast number of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running. 181 pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions, and all types of Academic Literature. )
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