Sayaka Murata: On Facing the Blank Page
“Inside my head, there is a whole swarm of tightly packed pictures. And I always want to spit them out.”
Japanese writer Sayaka Murata shares why she is not frightened by the blank page. Read more …
“I really like a blank page,” says Sayaka Murata and continues: “When I’m writing a novel and sit in front of a blank page, I always start by drawing the protagonist of the story.” The process of drawing the protagonist, as well as other characters in her novels, is something Murata thoroughly enjoys. “I have seldom been afraid of the blank page and unable to write.”
Sayaka Murata (b. 1979) is one of contemporary Japanese literature’s most striking prose writers. Her big literary breakthrough, ‘Convenience Store Woman,’ sold over one million copies in Japan alone. Irish writer Sally Rooney has called the novel “unsettling and totally unpredictable.” Murata has also published the book ‘Earthlings’ as well as a series of short stories in the collection ‘Life Ceremony.’ Sayaka Murata has won several prizes, including the Gunzo Prize for New Writers, The Mishima Yukio Prinze, the Noma Literary New Face Prize, and the Akutagawa Prize.
Sayaka Murata was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen in Denmark in July 202. The interpreter was Danish translator Mette Holm. She was also filmed in Tokyo, Japan, in October 2022.
Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
Edited and produced by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen
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