Novelist Haruki Murakami claims support for the underdog in Israel speech

ImagesAsk anyone who their favorite Japanese author is, and chances are they will say Haruki Murakami. The guy has a penchant for winning foreign literary prizes, the most recent being this year’s Jerusalem Prize, awarded by the Israeli president to the best foreign writer. Murakami pondered whether he should go to accept the award because of all the mayhem in Gaza. But he went, and gave a riveting speech to an international crowd in which he made a cool statement about a wall and an egg. He prefaced the metaphor by explaining his decision to be there—he’s a rumored hikikomori, but he decided it’s better to say something than to say nothing at all—and then said:

“If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg.”

2 thoughts on “Novelist Haruki Murakami claims support for the underdog in Israel speech

  1. As an Israeli who is not part of the current consensus back home, I was really happy that Murakami came to accept the prize.
    Because he decided not to ban the award, Israelis were very receptive to what he had to say, and I feel that his speech had a real impact.

  2. Ah, I was just up late last night making my way through The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I love Murakami’s work; I’ve been on a Murakami binge since I decided to pick up A Wild Sheep Chase last fall.
    I’d really like to hear Murakami’s whole speech, but so far I’m only able to find newsquotes here and there. Please post it here if you ever stumble upon it!