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The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

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‘Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down’ Daily Telegraph

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Synopsis

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague, blameless life are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.


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'Murakami writes of contemporary Japan, urban alienation and journeys of selfdiscovery,
and in this book he combines recollections of the war with metaphysics, dreams and hallucinations into a powerful and impressionistic work' - Independent

'Murakami weaves these textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty' - Independent on Sunday

'Critics have variously likened him to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill assorted as to suggest Murakami is in fact an original' - New York 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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Book Info

Publication date

4th August 2011

Author

Haruki Murakami

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780099562986

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