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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

by Haruki Murakami

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PUBLISHED: 2nd July 2007
ISBN: 9780099488668
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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 loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distance between those who ought to be closest of all.
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  • Paperback
    $25.11
PUBLISHED: 2nd July 2007
ISBN: 9780099488668
ANNOTATION:
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 loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distance between those who ought to be closest of all.

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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 loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distance between those who ought to be closest of all.

Publisher Description

A young man accompanies his cousin to the hospital to check an unusual hearing complaint and recalls a story of a woman put to sleep by tiny flies crawling inside her ear; a mirror appears out of nowhere and a nightwatchman is unnerved as his reflection tries to take control of him; a couple's relationship is unbalanced after dining exclusively on exquisite crab while on holiday; a man follows instructions on the back of a postcard to apply for a job, but an unknown password stands between him and his mysterious employer. In each one of these stories Murakami sidesteps the real and sprints for the surreal. Everyday events are transcended, leaving the reader dazzled by this master of his craft.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is Murakami's most eclectic collection of stories to date, spanning five years of his writing. An introduction explains the diversity of the author's choice.

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Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, an ice man, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we 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 loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distance between those who ought to be closest of all. 'More insights into life, death, memories, love and kangaroos that one has a right to expect in any single volume' Daily Express 'An intimate pleasure' The Times 'These stories are rich in Murakami magic... a collection that all readers will enjoy' Independent 'Literature's answer to David Lynch' Times Literary Supplement

Author Biography

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. Following the publication of his first novel in Japanese in 1979, he sold the jazz bar he ran with his wife and became a full-time writer. It was with the publication of Norwegian Wood -- which has to date sold more than 4 million copies in Japan alone -- that the author was truly catapulted into the limelight. Known for his surrealistic world of mysterious (and often disappearing) women, cats, earlobes, wells, Western culture, music and quirky first-person narratives, he is now Japan's best-known novelist abroad. Eight novels, two short story collections and one work of non-fiction are currently available in English translation.

Stories translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel

Review

Sharp but humane observation...as unforgettable as it is untypical New Statesman These stories are rich in Murakami magic... a collection that all readers will enjoy Independent Literature's answer to David Lynch Times Literary Supplement An intimate pleasure The Times More insights into life, death, memories, love and kangaroos that one has a right to expect in any single volume Daily Express

Promotional

An eclectic, eccentiric and altogether brain-bending new collection of short stories from the cult Japanese author.

Prizes

Winner of Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2006

Review Text

More insights into life, death, memories, love and kangaroos that one has a right to expect in any single volume

Promotional "Headline"

An eclectic, eccentiric and altogether brain-bending new collection of short stories from the cult Japanese author.

Product Details

Author
Haruki Murakami
Pages
448
Year
2007
ISBN-10
0099488663
ISBN-13
9780099488668
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Language
English
Short Title
BLIND WILLOW SLEEPING WOMAN
Residence
Oiso, JA
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Translated from
Japanese
Publication Date
2007-07-02
Audience
General/Trade