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Men Without Women Stories by Haruki Murakami
  

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Across seven tales, the author brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. He tells the stories of vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

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Synopsis

Men Without Women Stories by Haruki Murakami

I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.

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Supremely enjoyable, philosophical and pitch-perfect new collection of short stories. . . Murakami has a marvellous understanding of youth and age - and the failings of each * Observer * A collection like Men Without Women [restores] my faith...in how utterly perfect [short stories] can be... each of the seven stories here... a gem in and of its own right, but strung together they're a sparkling strand of precious stones, the light refracted from each equally brilliant but the tones varying subtly. * Independent * Murakami writes of complex things with his usual beguiling simplicity. . . Strangely invigorating to read. . . It is Murakami at his whimsical, romantic best * Financial Times * Calculatedly provocative. . ., the stories offer sweet-sour meditations on human solitude and a yearning to connect. . . Murakami, always inventive, is one of the finest popular writers at work today -- Ian Thomson * Evening Standard * A disconcertingly funny portrait of modern loneliness -- Hayley Maitland * Vogue * Self-schooled and uncontaminated by writerly edicts, the 68-year-old presents subjects directly on a platter before the reader. . . but stirs up all kinds of themes and truths in the allegorical mud through his gentle, almost conversational style -- Hilary A White * Irish Independent * One of the finest pieces of short-form writing I have enjoyed in many years... If the familiar way of Haruki Murakami are an enthusiasm, there is plenty here to divert the aficionado, but he also takes a turn into riskier territory that could well coax new readers into his distinctive world -- Keith Bruce * Herald * Moments of melancholy and humour mix with acute observation in the latest offering by Japan's master storyteller -- Angel Gurria-Quintana * Financial Times *


About the Author

Haruki Murakami

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. Nine novels, three short story collections and one work of non-fiction are currently available in English translation.

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Publication date

9th May 2017

Author

Haruki Murakami

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9781911215370

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