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IQ84 novel by Japanese Murakami .. magic of imagination and storytelling fun


Doaa al-Shami

Writing itself is a wild fantasy, whose knights compete to show their weapons and what distinguishes them, but the biggest challenge for those who decide to swim in the world of imagination is their ability to attract their readers and seize their senses in this world that has become beyond imagination in its details. Not only that, but more important is how to connect this fictional world with the real without falling into the trap of lightness or monotony.

In his novel "1Q84", the famous Japanese writer and novelist Haruki Murakami entered a secret crypt of fiction in which no other rivaled him before, mixing very old fantasy worlds that only resemble the stories of grandmothers and a very modern and sophisticated reality.

Two moons appear in the world of the novel, and young people control his characters and their destinies, and good and evil are wrestling, but you do not touch the line between them clearly, so you are confused about the gray spaces, and there are heroes who move like brides attached to strings, and here the writer achieves a new victory by confusing the reader and inserting him into the story, so do not You can get out of the magic of imagination and never leave reading.

In evaluating the novel, the American magazine Newsweek said, "If this novel is more like a fun home, then it is that fun that is very serious when you enter it, you risk all your convictions."

From the beginning, we wonder what the writer means and what those numbers he presented, to find that he chose a special title for his novel, so the letter (I) means in the Japanese the number "1", and (Q) means the number "9" (or abbreviation of the word question in English), so the name becomes The novel is completely synonymous with George Orwell's novel "1984", and its events take place in that same year but in Japan ... offering a confusing comparison that communicates with you throughout the events.

Its use of the name itself was certainly not in vain, but rather it affirmed certain ideas, especially the convergence of interests of the dominant states and nations that control the destinies of people. He also talked about religious institutions and their control over their members, and the parties that put a cover for their extremism affiliated with religion, liberalism, or even the public interest, as he did not overlook the past and how people strangle and restrict their departure towards what they want.

The events of the story take place in the year 1984 in the first part between April and June, the second between July and September, and the third between October and December, and the novel begins with the escape of the motherhood through the emergency exit so as not to be late. She notices strange things that make her decide that she lives in another parallel world that has many doubts and questions.

Narration game
Murakami chose to go on writing events in two tracks that each belonged to a protagonist from which his three-part novel came out. All he does in his numerous chapters dives into the details of his delicate characters without falling into the trap of monotony and boredom that usually happens with this type of narration.

Oumama .. Tengu .. The hero of the story here is from a generation that was greatly affected by life between the edges of an ordinary world lived by parents, another accelerating, diverse and completely new living now, and each of them has a special nature and conditions that created a narrative epic of them, and the nature of each of them reveals more than 1,800 pages.

In his presentation of the novel, The Christian Science Monitor considered that the main protagonists and tango marching one toward the other as if they were divers making their way up to the surface of the water, "When I finished reading" IQ84 "I felt as if I were the other, I was going up to the surface, and even after Days of reading it, the world didn't seem to me as it was. "

Motherhood ... the other side of the truth
The maternity of that young girl who works as a physical trainer is basically a professional hired killer but you can only sympathize with her, because the writer periodically nurtures you with motivations and reveals strings to stand in her classroom sometimes and hate her in other times ..

To review with yourself that sentence that the taxi driver pronounced before its hearing in the other world. "The familiar shape of things may seem and has changed a little bit, things may look different in your view than they were before, but do not pretend to appear to deceive you .. Always there Just one fact. "

Here you have contradictory feelings between what you believe in and what you sympathize with in a moment when you are a remote observer, you realize all the strings of the game, and you are not an active party in it.

Tengu .. reality and dream
As for Tengo, he is a young man who resembles many people in our homelands. His circumstances led him to work as a teacher to earn his living, but he dreams of being a writer, and because the last profession does not generate enough income for him to enter into a game that started simple but led him to a risk that almost claimed his life, which is investing his writing skills Amending a literary text for a 17-year-old girl to win that novel won a prize, but it not only changed his path, but changed his entire world.

Tengu falls prey to all the problems of civilization and urbanization, and remains in the struggle to preserve his humanity despite going through a miserable childhood and hell because he does not feel that his father is his real father, wrestling there throughout the events of the novel about what he must do out of interest and what he thinks of as a good person.

On the way, he discovers that he is drowning in love with a girl. All he remembers about her is that he touched his hands one day when he was at the end of his elementary school. Here, Murakami leaks to us how love can be the lifeline even if it is from a distance and without physical contact or knowledge until the existence of the other party.

Love and fear .. disappointment and hope .. doubt and certainty .. pure truth and complete imagination .. justice and injustice .. domination and elegance .. many concepts presented by Murakami in his relatively large novel but it nonetheless pulls the reader smoothly to complete it.

Not all of these long pages of pleasure can be summed up in words, but readers will miss a fascinating world after which their view of life will change greatly if they do not pass these tales in that world that is filled with creativity that erected Murakami's partnership with the savvy writer who has an exceptional imagination and eternal idea that he managed to revolve with Threading, knotting, loosening, and then re-complicating it again. When closing the cover of the first part, you can only search for the second and then the third part .. After you finish the novel, think differently each time you cross a major street crowded to enter a tunnel that takes you to a world with two moons And young people.

The three parts were published between 2009 and 2010, and the Arabic translation for the first part was issued by the Arab Cultural Center in 2016, followed by the second novel in 2017 and the third 2018 by the center itself.

Source: aljazeera

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