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Birthday Stories

Author: Haruki Murakami   Series: Vintage Books

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A collection of twelve birthday stories from some of the most distinguished authors of recent years. Selected and introduced by Haruki Murakami.

What will you get for your birthday this year? A chance to see into the future? Or a reminder of the imperfect past? The author has chosen for his party some of the very best short story writers, each with their own birthday experiences, each story a snapshot of life on a single day. This title presents these stories.
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A collection of twelve birthday stories from some of the most distinguished authors of recent years. Selected and introduced by Haruki Murakami.

What will you get for your birthday this year? A chance to see into the future? Or a reminder of the imperfect past? The author has chosen for his party some of the very best short story writers, each with their own birthday experiences, each story a snapshot of life on a single day. This title presents these stories.

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In this enviable gathering, Haruki Murakami has chosen for his party some of the very best short story writers of recent years, each with their own birthday experiences, each story a snapshot of life on a single day. Including stories by Russell Banks, Ethan Canin, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Claire Keegan, Andrea Lee, Daniel Lyons, Lynda Sexson, Paul Theroux, William Trevor and Haruki Murakami, this anthology captures a range of emotions evoked by advancing age and the passing of time, from events fondly recalled to the impact of appalling tragedy.

Previously published in a Japanese translation by Haruki Murakami, this English edition contains a specially written introduction.

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Critic Reviews

“The perfect year-round present”

The quality of storytelling is exemplary... There's darkness enough here for the hardiest of cynics, but enough heart to charm Word A memorable collection. Voices and settings as diverse as the authors, but they are all concerned with the arbitrary yet immensely significant way in which we mark the passing of our lives Observer Brilliant...Murakami introduces all these stories with grace and lightness of touch Sunday Herald The perfect year-round present Time Out

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About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. He met his wife, Yoko, at university and they opened a jazz club in Tokyo called Peter Cat. The massive success of his novel Norwegian Wood (1987) made him a national celebrity. He fled Japan and did not return until 1995 when he came to regard the Kobe earthquake and the Tokyo gas attack as twin manifestations of a violence just beneath the surface of Japanese life.

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What will you get for your birthday this year? A chance to see into the future? Or a reminder of the imperfect past? In this enviable gathering, Haruki Murakami has chosen for his party some of the very best short story writers of recent years, each with their own birthday experiences, each story a snapshot of life on a single day. Including stories by Russell Banks, Ethan Canin, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Claire Keegan, Andrea Lee, Daniel Lyons, Lewis Robinson, Lynda Sexson, Paul Theroux, William Trevor and Haruki Murakami, this anthology captures a range of emotions evoked by advancing age and the passing of time, from events fondly recalled to the impact of appalling tragedy. Previously published in a Japanese translation by Haruki Murakami, this English edition contains a specially written introduction. 'The perfect year-round present' Time Out 'Brilliant...Murakami introduces all these stories with grace and lightness of touch' Sunday Herald 'A memorable collection. Voices and settings as diverse as the authors, but they are all concerned with the arbitrary yet immensely significant way in which we mark the passing of our lives' Observer 'The quality of storytelling is exemplary... There's darkness enough here for the hardiest of cynics, but enough heart to charm' Word

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Vintage
Published
1st June 2006
Pages
224
ISBN
9780099481553
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