Search Results: "Haruki Murakami"


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THE ELEPHANT VANISHES by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 1993

"Remarkable evocations of a postmodernist world, superficially indifferent but transformed by Murakami's talent into a place suffused with a yearning for meaning."
A seamless melding of Japanese cultural nuances with universal themes—in a virtuoso story collection from rising literary star Murakami (A Wild Sheep Chase, 1989; Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, 1991). Read full book review >

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DANCE DANCE DANCE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Despite intentions and effects that are sometimes too strained: a sobering descent into a contemporary hell—with a guide who's made it brilliantly his own dark literary domain."
Once again, Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland, 1991) limns in meticulous detail the life of an ordinary young man irrevocably changed by a troubling encounter with another world—this time, in a sequel to his debut novel, A Wild Sheep Chase (1989). Read full book review >

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HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"One of those rare postmodern novels that is as intellectually profound as stylistically accomplished, by a writer with a bold and original vision."
Winner of the Tanizaki Literary prize (the Japanese equivalent of the Pulitzer), by acclaimed young Japanese novelist Murakami: a stunning combination of the contemporary and brash with elegiac allegory, all topped off by a strong measure of cyberpunk. Read full book review >

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THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1997

"On a canvas stretched from Manchuria to Malta, and with sound effects from strange birdcalls to sleigh bells in cyberspace, this is a fully mature, engrossing tale of individual and national destinies entwined. It will be hard to surpass."
Not merely a big book from the broadly respected Murakami (Dance Dance Dance, 1994, etc.), but a major work bringing signature themes of alienation, dislocation, and nameless fears through the saga of a gentle man forced to trade the familiar for the utterly unknown. Read full book review >

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WIND/PINBALL by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"Not as well-developed as the later books, and mostly for completists. Still, it's interesting to see hints of the masterly novels to come in these slender, pessimistic tales."
Two linked early novels from the prolific Murakami (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

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WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by Haruki Murakami
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Though the insights don't resonate on the level of his novels, as always Murakami employs his artful, lucid prose to good effect."
The celebrated novelist contemplates one of his favorite pastimes. Read full book review >

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COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Another tour de force from Japan's greatest living novelist."
Murakami (IQ84, 2011, etc.) turns in a trademark story that blends the commonplace with the nightmarish in a Japan full of hollow men. Read full book review >

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KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2005

"A masterpiece, entirely Nobel-worthy."
Two mysterious quests form the core of Murakami's absorbing seventh novel, whose encyclopedic breadth recalls his earlier successes, A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997). Read full book review >

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SOUTH OF THE BORDER, WEST OF THE SUN by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Whichever, it's only middling Murakami—what we—all have to make do with until the next wild sheep or wind-up bird comes along."
This latest from the internationally celebrated Japanese author of A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997) eschews Murakami's trademark comic extravagance, offering instead a muted portrayal of dream-driven midlife crisis. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGE LIBRARY by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"At once beguiling and disquieting—in short, trademark Murakami—a fast read that sticks in the mind."
"I'm going to slice you up nice and fine and feed you to the centipedes." Another off-kilter yarn from master storyteller Murakami: allegorical, shadowy and not at all nice. Read full book review >

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AFTER DARK by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2007

"A seductive and gratifying intellectual and romantic adventure."
Casual acquaintances and complete strangers alike meet and pass during the small hours of a Tokyo night, in the terse, riddling new novel from Japanese master Murakami (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, stories, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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AFTER THE QUAKE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"This writer goes from strength to strength. Magnificent."
Surrealism, fantasy, and powerfully restrained emotion are the distinctive features of six spectacularly original and gripping linked stories: the latest from the internationally renowned Japanese author of Sputnik Sweetheart (2001), etc. Read full book review >