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Sputnik Sweetheartby Haruki Murakami
In this compact volume, Murakami has once again concocted a literary Möbius strip of life, longing, and shifting realities. If you've been afraid to read Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart is a perfect introduction for those new to this highly addictive writer.
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Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.
A college student, identified only as “K,” falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments-until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, “K” is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.
"Like a Zen koan, Murakami's tale of the search for human connection asks only questions, offers no answers and must be meditated upon to provide meaning." Publishers Weekly
"Dreamlike and compelling....Murakami is a genius." Chicago Tribune
"Grabs you from the opening lines....[Murakami's] never written anything more openly emotional." Los Angeles Magazine
"Murakami is a world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks." The Washington Post Book World
“Perhaps better than any contemporary writer, [Murakami] captures and lays bare the raw human emotion of longing.” BookPage
“Murakami has an unmatched gift for turning psychological metaphors into uncanny narratives.” The New York Times Book Review
“Murakami’s true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments.” The New Yorker
About the Author
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives in Tokyo. He is the author of several novels, including Norwegian Wood, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and A Wild Sheep Chase, and of Underground, a new work of nonfiction. Murakami's work has been translated into sixteen languages.
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