By Ephrat Livni

The novelist Haruki Murakami says that we should respond to hardship and tragedy with our creativity, that it is essential to helping heal the world. Art — all of culture — helps us connect and to imagine and build a better future.

“I was wondering what could I do for the people who have suffered. But I thought, ‘What I can do is to write good fiction.’ After all, when I write a good story, good fiction, we can understand each other if you are a reader and I’m a writer,” Murakami said. “There is a special secret passage between us, and we can send a message to each other. So I think (writing good stories) is a way I can contribute to society or people in the world.”

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