TWO OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS
1. Haruki Murakami -
"Things outside you are projections of what's inside you, and what's inside you is a projection of what's outside. So when you step into the labyrinth outside you, at the same time you're stepping into the labyrinth inside." ..Kafka on the Shore
I love the writing of Murakami. His writing is concise and clean, and the meaning deeply psychological, with elements of magical realism. He writes about the details of everyday life with precision, giving the reader a sense of "real" life unfolding before their eyes. At the same time, Murakami adds psychoanalytic, existential and mystical aspects. This juggling between the real and the imaginary makes Murakami's writing appealing, accesible, and essentially mesmerizing. My favorite book of his is KAFKA ON THE SHORE. This book simultaneously tells the story of two character's whose lives are intertwined in magical and mysterious ways. It is one of those books that have always stayed with me.
2. Jorge Louis Borges -
" The metaphysics of Tlon are not looking for truth, nor even for an approximation of it; they are after a kind of amazement. " from Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
Amazement is what we experience when we read Borges. His works read like lyrical fictional poetry, where metaphors and allusions explore the limitations of language, the nature of time, and the search for truth. The search for truth is expressed in language that exposes it's own fictitious nature, often turning back upon itself like the genre of meta-fiction. Many of his stories are notes on imaginary books, reminding me in some way of Nabokov in Pale Fire. His style is non linear and requires attention to detail. Most of his stories lack reality based situations, putting the plot second to his thematics and play with language and style.. One of my favorite stories is The Library of Babel in the collection called Ficciones. This story compares the universe to a vast library which contains all possible books and an infinite amount of knowledge. I personally love The Library of Babel because it is so layered with texture and meaning, and impelled me to actually search for the meaning. The story inspired me to learn more about Borges the man, and his influences.