Art Inspired by the Work of Haruki Murakami

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As popular, contemporary authors go, few offer story lines as imaginative or images as vivid as Haruki Murakami’s. So it was exciting to learn, via Super Punch, that the LVMH-affiliated design site Nowness is running a competition for the best original art inspired by Murakami’s work in advance of the English-language publication of his newest novel, 1Q84. Now that the entries are in, readers have been invited to vote, and six winners will be crowned on October 25th. We’ve posted a selection of our favorite pieces — which range from photos to paintings to book-cover designs — after the jump.

Monica Ramos, inspired by Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood

Meg Baron

Bryand, inspired by The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haejeon Jessica Lee

Philip Cheaney

Jake Snellin, inspired by “Super-Frog Saves Tokyo” from the short-story collection after the quake

Justinebelle, inspired by Kafka on the Shore

Ryan Hartley

Concheven, inspired by Kafka on the Shore

Vidha Saumya, inspired by Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World