A Wild Sheep Chase Book
Score: 3.5
From 66 Ratings

A Wild Sheep Chase


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 364
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307762726

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A Wild Sheep Chase Excerpt :

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.

A Wild Sheep Chase Book
Score: 3.5
From 62 Ratings

A Wild Sheep Chase


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-10-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448103522

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A Wild Sheep Chase Excerpt :

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 Book
Score: 3.5
From 63 Ratings

A Wild Sheep Chase


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099448778

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A Wild Sheep Chase Excerpt :

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 right-wing 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. 'Wonderfully easy to read and just as wonderfully difficult to make sense of...like the narrator, who slowly accepts the presence in his life of mystery, we slowly recognize the possibility of a new kind of world. Like him, we lean forward and topple headlong into magic' Washington Post 'A Wild Sheep Chase has the conventional hull of a thriller - a quest, a mystery, an extraordinary woman, and plenty of elegant duress - but its fantastic superstructure transforms it into something quite different' Independent 'It begins as a detective novel, dips into a screwball comedy, and at its close becomes a tale of possession...A highly accomplished piece of craftsmanship' New Yorker

Wind Pinball Book
Score: 3
From 19 Ratings

Wind Pinball


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385681827

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Wind Pinball Excerpt :

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 Book
Score: 3.5
From 37 Ratings

Dance Dance Dance


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-11-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307777683

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Dance Dance Dance Excerpt :

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 Book

Two novels


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 695
  • ISBN 10 : 0099507072

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Two novels Excerpt :

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 Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Vintage Murakami


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307430014

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Vintage Murakami Excerpt :

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 Book
Score: 2.5
From 3 Ratings

A Wild Haruki Chase


  • Author : 国際交流基金
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105131791894

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A Wild Haruki Chase Excerpt :

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

Coin Locker Babies Book
Score: 3
From 4 Ratings

Coin Locker Babies


  • Author : Ryu Murakami
  • Publisher : Pushkin Press
  • Release Date : 2013-02-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN 10 : 9781782270348

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Coin Locker Babies Excerpt :

Two babies are left in a Tokyo station coin locker and survive against the odds, but their lives are forever tainted by this inauspicious start. As they grow up, they join the ranks of Toxitown: a district of addicts, freaks and prostitutes. One becomes a bisexual rock star and looks for his mother, while the other one, an athlete, seeks revenge. This savage and stunning story unfolds in a surrealistic whirl of violence.

A Wild Sheep Chase Book

A Wild Sheep Chase


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Kodansha Amer Incorporated
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015016970371

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A Wild Sheep Chase Excerpt :

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.

The Folkloresque Book

The Folkloresque


  • Author : Michael Dylan Foster
  • Publisher : University Press of Colorado
  • Release Date : 2015-11-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9781457197468

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The Folkloresque Excerpt :

"This volume introduces a new concept to explore the dynamic relationship between folklore and popular culture: the “folkloresque.” With “folkloresque,” Foster and Tolbert name the product created when popular culture appropriates or reinvents folkloric themes, characters, and images. Such manufactured tropes are traditionally considered outside the purview of academic folklore study, but the folkloresque offers a frame for understanding them that is grounded in the discourse and theory of the discipline.Fantasy fiction, comic books, anime, video games, literature, professional storytelling and comedy, and even popular science writing all commonly incorporate elements from tradition or draw on basic folklore genres to inform their structure. Through three primary modes—integration, portrayal, and parody—the collection offers a set of heuristic tools for analysis of how folklore is increasingly used in these commercial and mass-market contexts.The Folkloresque challenges disciplinary and genre boundaries; suggests productive new approaches for interpreting folklore, popular culture, literature, film, and contemporary media; and encourages a rethinking of traditional works and older interpretive paradigms."

The Elephant Vanishes Book
Score: 3.5
From 29 Ratings

The Elephant Vanishes


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307762733

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The Elephant Vanishes Excerpt :

In the tales that make up The Elephant Vanishes, the imaginative genius that has made Haruki Murakami an international superstar is on full display. In these stories, a man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald’s in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard. By turns haunting and hilarious, in The Elephant Vanishes Murakami crosses the border between separate realities—and comes back bearing remarkable treasures. Includes the story "Barn Burning," which is the basis for the major motion picture Burning.

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami


  • Author : David Karashima
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Release Date : 2020-09-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781593765903

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Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami Excerpt :

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?

Four Treasures of the Sky Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Four Treasures of the Sky


  • Author : Jenny Tinghui Zhang
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release Date : 2022-04-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250811790

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Four Treasures of the Sky Excerpt :

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE · REVIEWED ON THE FRONT COVER “Zhang’s blend of history and magical realism will appeal to fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer as well as Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement.” —Booklist (starred review) "Engrossing...Epic" (The New York Times Book Review) · "Transporting" (Washington Post) · "Propulsive" (Oprah Daily) · "Surreal and sprawling" (NPR) · "An absolute must-read" (BuzzFeed) · "Radiant" (BookPage) A dazzling debut novel set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. From a calligraphy school, to a San Francisco brothel, to a shop tucked into the Idaho mountains, we follow Daiyu on a desperate quest to outrun the tragedy that chases her. As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been—including the ones she most wants to leave behind—in order to finally claim her own name and story. At once a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking work of historical fiction, Four Treasures of the Sky announces Jenny Tinghui Zhang as an indelible new voice. Steeped in untold history and Chinese folklore, this novel is a spellbinding feat.

A Wild Sheep Chase Book

A Wild Sheep Chase


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage Classic
  • Release Date : 2015-08-06
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1784870153

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A Wild Sheep Chase Excerpt :

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.