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Blind Willow, Sleeping Womanby Haruki Murakami
Synopses & Reviews
A true miscellany or] more like one of those overstuffed, career-spanning CD box sets... But] the tales seem to speak with one, very seductive, voice. That voice, in each of these wildly varied excursions into the strange, dim territory of the self, says that someone named Haruki Murakami is still looking, quixotically, for something less fragile, less provisional than the usual accommodations we make do with on the road.
--Terrence Rafferty, New York Times Book Review
A virtuosic demonstration of Murakami's incredible range . . . thrilling, funny, sad, moving, scary--all at once. Since 1980, the year Haruki Murakami wrote his first short story, the Japanese author has been a walking definition of genius . . . He is a master of tone, and can manipulate a reader's curiosity at will, and he] approaches the large subjects indirectly, through mood and bizarre occurrences, and always trusts his reader to be moved.
--John Freeman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In this extraordinary new story collection by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, reality is ever in danger of breaking loose of its moorings . . . The inconsequential registers as significant in these wonderful stories as people struggle to figure out how to be, and what 'normal' means, if anything.
--Joan Mellen, Baltimore Sun
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a satisfying, entertaining collection and] a solid introduction to the eclectic talents of this master storyteller.
--Robert Allen Papinchak, The Seattle Times
Murakami effortlessly conjures modern fairy tales that dazzle . . . These stories are full of wisdom, wrenching us into understanding our innermost impulses by confronting us with the unexpected.
--Geoffrey Bateman, Rocky Mountain News
Murakami's writing perfectly captures the way surreal, even seemingly supernatural, encounters can subtly alter the terrain of everyday life.
--Sara Cardace, Washington Post Book World
Chance on this writer, and you're lucky . . . Each of these tales is delightfully entertaining, a pleasure to read and to ponder at one's leisure. And believe me, they do stick with you, creeping back into consciousness at the oddest moments, giving rise, quite out of the blue, to yet another surprising insight . . . Read through a selection or two, and you likely will be hooked on] one of the most fascinating, playful literary minds around.
--Lee Makela, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Whimsical, magical, daring or sometimes played with the mute in the bell of the trumpet . . . the best of these linger far beyond the reading of them, creating an aura about the world that for many of us just wasn't present before we read them.
--Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
As beautiful and metaphysical as anything Murakami, an artist who's at the top of his form, has offered in the past . . . The tales in Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman strike a gripping balance between the bizarre and wise as] empirical reality is bluntly scrutinized, if not entirely undermined . . . He's the rare sort of artist who not only creates uncanny landscapes but effortlessly ferries you through them.
--Dan Lopez, Time Out New York
From the surreal to the mundane, a masterful anthology of short fiction by the award-winning Japanese writer captures a full range of human experience, emotion, and relationship in works that chronicle a chance reunion in Italy, a holiday in Hawaii, a romantic exile in Greece, and more. Reprint.
From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicles comes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form.From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.
Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.
About the Author
\Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into thirty-four languages, and the most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the English edition — Blind willow, sleeping woman — Birthday girl — New York mining disaster — Airplane: or, how he talked to himself as if reciting poetry — The mirror — A folklore for my generation: a pre-history of late-stage capitalism — Hunting knife — A perfect day for kangaroos — Dabchick — Man-eating cats — A "poor aunt" story — Nausea 1979 — The seventh man — The year of spaghetti — Tony Takitani — The rise and fall of Sharpie cakes — The ice man — Crabs — Firefly — Chance traveler — Hanalei Bay — Where I'm likely to find it — The kidney-shaped stone that moves every day — A Shinagawa monkey.
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