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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  

Kafka on the Shore

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Ten books down the line and suddenly the critics are taking note of this exceptional writer. Surreal, highly imaginative and gloriously inventive, this follows the very strange journeys of two remarkable characters. You’ve got to read him to appreciate there is little I can say except … you’ve got to read him.

Comparison: Audrey Niffenegger, David Mitchell, Yann Martel.
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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

'A stunning work of art that bears no comparisons' the New York Observer wrote of Haruki Murakami's masterpiece, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. In its playful stretching of the limits of the real world, his magnificent new novel, Kafka on the Shore is every bit as bewitching and ambitious.

The narrative follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his highly simplified life suddenly overturned. Their parallel odysseys - as mysterious to them as they are to the reader - are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Fish tumble in storms from the sky; cats carry on conversations with people; a ghostlike if familiar pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a brutal murder, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle. Yet this, as all else, is eventually resolved, even as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually unravelled. Murakami's new novel is at once a classic tale of quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order.


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Wonderful... Magical and outlandish * Daily Mail * A magnificently bewildering achievement... Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot... Exuberant storytelling * Independent on Sunday * Cool, fluent and addictive * Daily Telegraph * Hypnotic, spellbinding * The Times * Addictive... Exhilarating... A pleasure * Evening Standard *


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

6th October 2005

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Haruki Murakami

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099458326

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