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Murakami Haruki: Loneliness And Waiting

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The author argues that the attitude of waiting is fundamental to Murakami's strategy of dealing with the dilemma of naturalized modernity. Despite appearances to the contrary, he is far from 'resigned' to the present state of modernity. A person who is resigned does not wait. Seen as a strategy, however, waiting has a paradoxical quality in the sense that hope can only reside in passivity. Not resisting the loneliness and boredom of naturalized modernity becomes a way for the protagonists to resist it - their way of waiting for recovery, or resurrection. Murakami's ambivalent attitude to privatization is best brought out by focusing on the mood of loneliness and desolation in his work. Few things are as striking in his protagonists as their loneliness, even when they are with other people.

Keywords: loneliness; Murakami's strategy; naturalized modernity; patient waiting; privatization; protagonists



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