A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN 10: 1448103525
ISBN 13: 9781448103522
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wild Sheep Chase Book Review:

Haruki Murakami's third novel, A Wild Sheep Chase is the mystery hybrid which completes the odyssey begun in Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973. The man was leading an aimless life, time passing, one big blank. His girlfriend has perfectly formed ears, ears with the power to bewitch, marvels of creation. The man receives a letter from a friend, enclosing a seemingly innocent photograph of sheep, and a request: place the photograph somewhere it will be seen. Then, one September afternoon, the phone rings, and the adventure begins. Welcome to the wild sheep chase. 'Mr. Murakami's style and imagination are closer to that of Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver and John Irving' New York Times

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 0099448777
ISBN 13: 9780099448778
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wild Sheep Chase Book Review:

His life was like his recurring nightmare: a train to nowhere. But an ordinary life has a way of taking an extraordinary turn. Add a girl whose ears are so exquisite that, when uncovered, they improve sex a thousand-fold, a runaway friend, a rightwing politico, an ovine-obsessed professor and a manic depressive in a sheep outfit, implicate them in a hunt for a sheep. that may or may not be running the world, and the upshot is another singular masterpiece from Japan's finest novelist.

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2010-09-01
ISBN 10: 0307762726
ISBN 13: 9780307762726
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wild Sheep Chase Book Review:

A New York Times bestselling author—and “a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman” (New York Times Book Review)—delivers a surreal and elaborate quest that takes readers from Tokyo to the remote mountains of northern Japan, where the unnamed protagonist has a surprising confrontation with his demons. An advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend and casually appropriates the image for an advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences.

Wind Pinball

Wind Pinball
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Bond Street Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-08-04
ISBN 10: 0385681828
ISBN 13: 9780385681827
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wind Pinball Book Review:

Acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami's debut short novels, newly re-translated and in one English-language volume for the first time--with a new introduction by the author. After almost thirty years out of print, the first major works of fiction by international best-selling author Haruki Murakami--the novellas Pinball, 1973 and Hear the Wind Sing--are finally together in one volume, in all-new English translations. Centering around two young men--an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat--these short works are powerful, at times surreal, stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism. Filled with all the hallmarks of Murakami's later books, they are a fascinating insight into a great author's beginnings, and remarkable works of fiction in their own right. In addition to the new translations, our edition also includes an exclusive essay by Murakami in which he explores and explains his decision to become a writer. Prequels to the much-beloved classics A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance, these early novellas are essential reading for Murakami lovers and contemporary fiction lovers, alike.

Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2010-11-17
ISBN 10: 0307777685
ISBN 13: 9780307777683
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dance Dance Dance Book Review:

Dance Dance Dance—a follow-up to A Wild Sheep Chase—is a tense, poignant, and often hilarious ride through Murakami’s Japan, a place where everything that is not up for sale is up for grabs. As Murakami’s nameless protagonist searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, he is plunged into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread. In this propulsive novel, featuring a shabby but oracular Sheep Man, one of the most idiosyncratically brilliant writers at work today fuses together science fiction, the hardboiled thriller, and white-hot satire.

Two novels

Two novels
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 695
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780099507079
ISBN 13: 0099507072
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Two novels Book Review:

Two of Murakami's early novels are brought together. Dark, dry and downright weird, 'A Wild Sheep Chase' is the story of a man, a girl, her ears and a very special sheep. 'Dance Dance Dance' is part murder-mystery, part metaphysical speculation.

Vintage Murakami

Vintage Murakami
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 189
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307430014
ISBN 13: 9780307430014
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vintage Murakami Book Review:

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions. “Murakami’s bold willingness to go straight over the top is a signal indication of his genius. . . . A world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks.” —The Washington Post Book World Not since Yukio Mishima and Yasunari Kawabata has a Japanese writer won the international acclaim enjoyed by Haruki Murakami. His genre-busting novels, short stories and reportage, which have been translated into 35 languages, meld the surreal and the hard-boiled, deadpan comedy and delicate introspection. Vintage Murakami includes the opening chapter of the international bestseller Norwegian Wood; “Lieutenant Mamiya’s Long Story: Parts I and II” from his monumental novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; “Shizuko Akashi” from Underground, his non-fiction book on the Toyko subway attack of 1995; and the short stories “Barn Burning,” “Honeypie.” Also included, for the first time in book form, the short story, “Ice Man.”

A Wild Haruki Chase

A Wild Haruki Chase
Author: 国際交流基金,The Japan The Japan Foundation
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105131791894
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wild Haruki Chase Book Review:

For all Haruki Murakami fans, an investigation into the universal themes and global popularity of his work.

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Vintage Classic
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-08-06
ISBN 10: 9781784870157
ISBN 13: 1784870153
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wild Sheep Chase Book Review:

The man was leading an aimless life, time passing, one big blank. His girlfriend has perfectly formed ears, ears with the power to bewitch, marvels of creation. The man receives a letter from a friend, enclosing a seemingly innocent photograph of sheep, and a request: place the photograph somewhere it will be seen. Then, one September afternoon, the phone rings, and the adventure begins. Welcome to the wild sheep chase.

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami
Author: David Karashima
Publsiher: Catapult
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN 10: 1593765908
ISBN 13: 9781593765903
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami Book Review:

How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? A "fascinating" look at the "business of bringing a best-selling novelist to a global audience" (The Atlantic)―and a “rigorous” exploration of the role of translators and editors in the creation of literary culture (The Paris Review). Thirty years ago, when Haruki Murakami’s works were first being translated, they were part of a series of pocket-size English-learning guides released only in Japan. Today his books can be read in fifty languages and have won prizes and sold millions of copies globally. How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? This book tells one key part of the story. Its cast includes an expat trained in art history who never intended to become a translator; a Chinese American ex-academic who never planned to work as an editor; and other publishing professionals in New York, London, and Tokyo who together introduced a pop-inflected, unexpected Japanese voice to the wider literary world. David Karashima synthesizes research, correspondence, and interviews with dozens of individuals—including Murakami himself—to examine how countless behind-the-scenes choices over the course of many years worked to build an internationally celebrated author’s persona and oeuvre. His careful look inside the making of the “Murakami Industry" uncovers larger questions: What role do translators and editors play in framing their writers’ texts? What does it mean to translate and edit “for a market”? How does Japanese culture get packaged and exported for the West?

Absolutely on Music

Absolutely on Music
Author: Haruki Murakami,Seiji Ozawa
Publsiher: Bond Street Books
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2016-11-15
ISBN 10: 0385683170
ISBN 13: 9780385683173
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Absolutely on Music Book Review:

A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" to Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage," the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros. It is essential reading for book and music lovers everywhere.

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
Total Pages: 299
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UVA:X001640137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wild Sheep Chase Book Review:

Modern Japanese fiction will not be seen in the same light again. The American debut of Japan's premier contemporary writer introduces a fresh, irreverent tale with a 30-year-old modern-day hero.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2001-05-22
ISBN 10: 0375413464
ISBN 13: 9780375413469
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sputnik Sweetheart Book Review:

Part romance, part detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited love. K is madly in love with his best friend, Sumire, but her devotion to a writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments. At least, that is, until she meets an older woman to whom she finds herself irresistibly drawn. 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 visions. Subtle and haunting, Sputnik Sweetheart is a profound meditation on human longing.

Killing Commendatore

Killing Commendatore
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Bond Street Books
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2018-10-09
ISBN 10: 0385690703
ISBN 13: 9780385690706
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Killing Commendatore Book Review:

The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84 In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby—Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2011-08-17
ISBN 10: 0307781097
ISBN 13: 9780307781093
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Book Review:

In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan’s most popular (and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is simultaneously cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Elephant Vanishes

The Elephant Vanishes
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN 10: 1448103711
ISBN 13: 9781448103713
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elephant Vanishes Book Review:

A dizzying short story collection that displays Murakami's genius for uncovering the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary within the ordinary *Featuring the story ‘Barn Burning’, the inspiration behind the Palme d’Or nominated film Burning* When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset. A couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's. A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.

The Strange Library

The Strange Library
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Bond Street Books
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2014-12-02
ISBN 10: 0385683154
ISBN 13: 9780385683159
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Strange Library Book Review:

Fully illustrated and beautifully designed, this is a unique and wonderfully creepy tale that is sure to delight Murakami fans. "All I did was go to the library to borrow some books." On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. This is his first mistake. Led to a special 'reading room' in a maze under the library by a strange old man, he finds himself imprisoned with only a sheep man, who makes excellent donuts, and a girl, who can talk with her hands, for company. His mother will be worrying why he hasn't returned in time for dinner and the old man seems to have an appetite for eating small boy's brains. How will he escape?

California

California
Author: Edan Lepucki
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2014-07-08
ISBN 10: 0316250821
ISBN 13: 9780316250825
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

California Book Review:

The highly acclaimed, instant New York Times bestseller that "shows the moment-by-moment reality of a painful possible future, the price we may have to pay for our passionate devotion to all of the wrong things." --Sarah Stone, San Francisco Chronicle The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust. A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

Postmodernism and Japan

Postmodernism and Japan
Author: マサオ・ミヨシ,Harry Harootunian,Fredric Jameson,Stanley Fish
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 302
Release: 1989-07-27
ISBN 10: 9780822308966
ISBN 13: 0822308967
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Postmodernism and Japan Book Review:

Postmodernism and Japan is a coherent yet diverse study of the dynamics of postmodernism, as described by Lyotard, Baudrillard, Deleuze, and Guatarri, from the often startling perspective of a society bent on transforming itself into the image of Western “enlightenment” wealth and power. This work provides a unique view of a society in transition and confronting, like its models in the West, the problems induced by the introduction of new forms of knowledge, modes of production, and social relationships.

Dances with Sheep

Dances with Sheep
Author: Matthew Strecher
Publsiher: U of M Center for Japanese Studies
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2020-08
ISBN 10: 0472038338
ISBN 13: 9780472038336
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dances with Sheep Book Review:

As a spokesman for disaffected youth of the post-1960s, Murakami Haruki has become one of the most important voices in contemporary Japanese literature, and he has gained a following in the United States through translations of his works. In Dances with Sheep, Matthew Strecher examines Murakami's fiction--and, to a lesser extent, his nonfiction--for its most prevalent structures and themes. Strecher also delves into the paradoxes in Murakami's writings that confront critics and casual readers alike. Murakami writes of "serious" themes yet expresses them in a relatively uncomplicated style that appeals to high school students as well as scholars; and his fictional work appears to celebrate the pastiche of postmodern expression, yet he rejects the effects of the postmodern on contemporary culture as dangerous.Strecher's methodology is both historical and cultural as he utilizes four distinct yet interwoven approaches to analyze Murakami's major works: the writer's "formulaic" structure with serious themes; his play with magical realism; the intense psychological underpinnings of his literary landscape; and his critique of language and its capacity to represent realities, past and present. Dances with Sheep links each of these approaches with Murakami's critical focus on the fate of individual identity in contemporary Japan. The result is that the simplicity of the Murakami hero, marked by lethargy and nostalgia, emerges as emblematic of contemporary humankind, bereft of identity, direction, and meaning. Murakami's fiction is reconstructed in Dances with Sheep as a warning against the dehumanizing effects of late-model capitalism, the homogenization of the marketplace, and the elimination of effective counterculture in Japan.