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By Bondo Wyszpolski

“Novelist as a Vocation,” by Haruki Murakami, trans. by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen (Alfred A. Knopf, 208 pp, $28) by Bondo Wyszpolski With over 20 books available in English, Haruki Murakami is the most widely-read Japanese author in this country. His recent novels include “Killing Commendatore” and “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” but he may be better known for “Kafka on the Shore,” “The Wind-Up Bird,” and “1Q84.” Paradoxically, I’ve immersed myself in the longer works…