“When I write novels, I have to go down into a very deep, dark, and lonely place,” Murakami told me the first time we met, in the summer of 1999, describing his creative process with an image he has now repeated in conversations many times since. “And then I have to come back, back to the surface. It’s very dangerous. And you have to be strong, physically and mentally strong, in order to do that every day.”
Haruki Murakami, is just like Orhan Pamuk, is he not. Interesting fact that those great writers have these kind of habit, of delving into the darkness, loneliness and sadness, just for the sake of writing.