Trust was one of my favorite reads last year.
Reading this, I got the feeling that you might like Milan Kundera's Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
Love the list. Love the writing.
Not read all of these, so adding some to my wishlist.
Big Murakami fan here. I've also gone through phases of feeling like I need to leave him alone for a while. Enjoyed Novelist as a Vocation a lot, in part for his process, in part for just his thoughts and backstory. Looking forward to his new book though, whenever that makes it into English.