Norwegian Forest

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Title: Norwegian Forest

Author: Haruki Murakami

Translator: Angel Officer

Publisher: Aso

Subject: Japanese stories

Age category: Adult

Number of pages: 453

Language: Farsi

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The book Norwegian Forest was published in Japan in 1987 and has been published in Iran after thirty years. This novel is a turning point in the work of Haruki Murakami.

The novel is written in a completely real atmosphere and is the story of two young people who live alone, with fear and shaky feelings after the suicide of their mutual friend, and the author is the silent narrator of human legends through this window.

Beyond the relatively complex love story between Watanabe and the others, Haruki Murakami seeks to portray two main themes in the story. The first subject that can be considered the heart of the novel is depicting the developmental stages of the character and thoughts of Watanabe and other fictional characters in the Norwegian Jungle, which is the main goal of the author and has led the Norwegian Jungle novel to be considered an educational novel by experts. .

About the Norwegian Jungle Novel
The Norwegian Forest is a love story, but not a typical love story. It is a story about growing up, life and death. It is a story that is told simply and emotionally, a story about love, feelings, life, death, art, freedom and responsibility.

Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Forest was published in Japan in 1987, published in English in 2003, and has been translated and published in several languages. Based on this novel, a film of the same name has been made.

Excerpts from the novel
I sat up straight, watching the dark clouds that stretched across the North Sea, thinking of all the things I had lost in my life: when I was lost forever, my dead friends disappearing. Were feelings I had never experienced before.

In my own way, I thank you for the year you have been with me. If you do not believe in anything else, please believe this. It was not you who hurt me. I did it myself and this is what I really feel. But I’m not ready to see you right now. I would like to see you, but I am not ready for this meeting. The moment I feel ready, I write to you. Then maybe we can get to know each other better. Like you said, maybe that’s what we need to do: get to know each other better.

It was eighteen years ago, but I could still remember every detail of that day in the meadow. Memory is a ridiculous thing. When I hardly noticed it there. I never thought that moment would have a lasting effect on me.
I certainly did not imagine that eighteen years later, I would remember that scene in all its details. That day, I did not care a bit about the scene ahead. I was thinking to myself. I thought of the beautiful girl walking beside me. I thought about our being together and myself again. I was at that particular age, in that period of life when every scene, every feeling, every thought came back to me like a canvas of color, and worse, I was in love, a love with all its complexities. Watching the scenery was the last thing that came to my mind.

If I calm my mind, I will collapse. I have always lived this way and this is the only way I know how to continue living. If I rest for a second, I will never be able to find my way again. I will be torn to pieces and the wind will take away my pieces.
In the past, a long time ago, when I was still young, when my memories were much clearer than today, I often tried to write about him. But I could not even write a line.

I knew that if I wrote the first line, the rest of the lines would automatically flow on the page, but I could never do that. Everything was very clear and strong, so I could never figure out where to start, like a map that is too detailed, and sometimes for that reason; Unusable.

Introducing the book Norwegian Forest by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Jungle is a novel by Haruki Murakami, first published in 1987. Toro is a young and calm student in Tokyo who falls in love with a beautiful and intelligent girl named Naoko. But the death of their best friend years ago has had a profound effect on their mutual feelings.

Over time, Toro becomes accustomed to college life, and its loneliness and isolation, but the pressures and responsibilities of everyday life have become unbearable for Naoko. The more Naoko immerses herself in her inner world, the more Toro is drawn to others and attracted to an independent and reckless girl. The Norwegian Jungle novel is a biting story about a young student’s romantic relationship and takes the audience into the ups and downs and unrepeatable world of first love.

Excerpts from the book Norwegian Forest (text pleasure)
It was eighteen years ago, but I could still remember every detail of that day in the meadow. Memory is a ridiculous thing. When I hardly noticed it there. I never thought that moment would have a lasting effect on me.

I certainly did not imagine that eighteen years later, I would remember that scene in all its details. That day, I did not care a bit about the scene ahead. I was thinking to myself. I thought of the beautiful girl walking beside me. I thought about our being together and myself again. I was at that particular age, in that period of life when every scene, every feeling, every thought came back to me like a canvas of color, and worse, I was in love, a love with all its complexities. Watching the scenery was the last thing that came to my mind.

If I calm my mind, I will collapse. I have always lived this way and this is the only way I know how to continue living. If I rest for a second, I will never be able to find my way again. I will be torn to pieces and the wind will take away my pieces.
In my own way, I thank you for the year you have been with me. If you do not believe in anything else, please believe this. It was not you who hurt me. I did it myself and this is what I really feel.

But I’m not ready to see you right now. I would like to see you, but I am not ready for this meeting. The moment I feel ready, I write to you. Then maybe we can get to know each other better. Like you said, maybe that’s what we need to do: get to know each other better.

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هاروکی موراکامی

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