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Translated by Philip Gabriel
Philip Gabriel is professor of Japanese literature in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He has translated several works by Haruki Murakami, including the novels Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84 (with Jay Rubin), Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, and most recently Killing Commendatore (with Ted Goossen). He was the recipient of the 2001 Japan–US Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature for Senji Kuroi’s Life in the Cul-De-Sac, and the 2006 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for Kafka on the Shore.More about the translator →