Amazon.com: Some questions raised in 1Q84 go unanswered by the end of the novel. In general, what do you feel is important to provide in terms of closure and what is less important?
Murakami: In this novel there is a “pre-story” and a “post-story.” These already were present in my head, to some extent. They’re vague, but they have mass. I might write these stories some time, or I might not write them. I think probably I won’t. Still, in any event, these pre- and post-stories slumber inside me. Also, you yourself have the right to create your own version of the “pre-story” and the “post-story.” That’s how I think.
A story is exactly the same as your or my life. There is a “pre-story” and a “post-story.” And even after you and I die, a number of deep mysteries remain.