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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, whose previous recipients include J. K. Rowling, Isabel Allende, and Salman Rushdie.
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Seiji Ozawa served as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years, and was music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Ravinia Festival, and Wiener Staatsoper. With Kazuyoshi Akiyama, he formed the Saito Kinen Orchestra and is the director of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. Ozawa has been deeply involved in musical education through his work with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland, and as founder of the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project, organizations which provide opportunities to outstanding students in Asia and Europe. Among his many honors, Ozawa has been awarded France's Officier de la L gion d'Honneur, the Japanese Order of Culture, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a Grammy for Best Opera Recording.

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"A fascinating collection of conversations. . . . The unpretentious and engaging dialogues between passionate artists--the bewitching writer in whose novels music plays a prominent part and the indefatigable, amiable conductor--make the pages fly." --The New York Times

"Highly entertaining. . . . A book that opens a new side of [Murakami's] authorial persona." --San Francisco Chronicle "Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented treasure. . . . Talking about music is like dancing about architecture, it's often said, but what joy to watch these two friends dance." --The Guardian "Enthralling. . . . What comes through in these conversations is the devotion both men feel for music; the degree to which every detail of a work matters to them." --The Seattle Times "Fascinating. . . . [Murakami's] preparation and curiosity draw out Mr. Ozawa wonderfully." --The Wall Street Journal "An enviable word picture of the artistic life of two men at the top of their professional games. . . . [Absolutely on Music] offers so much that bears re-reading and considering." --The Washington Times "Irresistibly seductive." --Evening Standard "Refreshingly honest and enthusiastic, a mental sampler from both the writer and the musician." --The Buffalo News

"The book shines as a deep exploration into how a conductor does his job and how performer personalities, logistical factors, and mundane bureaucracies can change an orchestra's sound." --The New Republic

"Intriguing insights about the nature of music. . . . In some ways, these conversations are High Fidelity for classical music fans." --Publishers Weekly "A strange and delightful book. . . . [Murakami] describes music with rich and suggestive metaphors and images that capture something essential about the spirit of the music." --The Christian Science Monitor

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