The announcement is expected either Oct. 10 or 17, as the academy says it always takes place on the second or third Thursday of October. The exact date is posted on the Nobel website on the Monday preceding the announcement.
Mr. Murakami's novels, such as 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' and 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World,' have won critical acclaim and a huge following both in Japan and abroad. He has won a number of Japanese and international awards for literature.
村上春树的小说在日本国内和国际上都赢得了高度好评，拥有巨大的读者群，其中包括《奇鸟行状录》(The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)和《世界尽头与冷酷仙境》(Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World)。他在日本和国际上曾获得多个文学奖项。
But while his name has been floated for the Nobel in the past, it has always eluded him. He was considered a favorite in 2012, but Chinese author Mo Yan won instead.
Born in Kyoto in 1949 during the post-World War II baby boom, Mr. Murakami has been regarded as a voice of his generation, with works exploring themes of loneliness and alienation in the modern world. His 1987 novel 'Norwegian Wood' established him as a leading figure in postmodern literature. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.