Haruki Murakami signing his book at Waseda University in Tokyo.
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Haruki Murakami is planning an archive at his Japanese alma mater that will include drafts of his best-selling novels, his translation work and his massive collection of music. Murakami, 69, began writing after graduating from Waseda University in 1975, and his latest novel, "Killing Commendatore," recently hit U.S. bookstores. He said the archive and library project will develop as he contributes materials in the years to come and he wants to see it stimulate cultural exchanges.Q: Is music inseparable to your stories?Q: What do foreign books and translation mean to you?It was like opening a window and breathing in fresh air, or seeing different scenery.Translation, however, has been very useful for writing novels.
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