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What I Talk about When I Talk about Running

(2008)
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In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and - even more important - on his writing.

Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back.

By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Signed Limited Edition
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84655-264-8 / 978-1-84655-264-9 (UK edition)
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August 2008 : UK Hardback
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July 2008 : USA Hardback
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July 2008 : USA Hardback
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir
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August 2009 : USA Paperback
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August 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir (Vintage International)
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: What I Talk About Exp
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March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-4074-7161-9 / 978-1-4074-7161-7 (UK edition)
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July 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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March 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-4055-0957-0 / 978-1-4055-0957-2 (UK edition)
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December 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-4055-0958-9 / 978-1-4055-0958-9 (UK edition)
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August 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
Author(s): Murakami, Haruki
ISBN: 1-4332-4387-3 / 978-1-4332-4387-5 (USA edition)
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July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
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July 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
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July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
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ISBN: 1-4332-4386-5 / 978-1-4332-4386-8 (USA edition)
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July 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
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ISBN: 1-4332-4389-X / 978-1-4332-4389-9 (USA edition)
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July 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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August 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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July 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Vintage International)
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Publisher: Vintage
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