The Wind up Bird Chronicle

The Wind up Bird Chronicle
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 628
Release: 1997
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wind up Bird Chronicle Book Excerpt:

The collapse of a marriage is superimposed on an investigation of recovered war memories and a man's search for his own identity

Haruki Murakami s The Wind up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami s The Wind up Bird Chronicle
Author: Matthew Strecher
Publsiher: Continuum
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2002-01-11
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami s The Wind up Bird Chronicle Book Excerpt:

Presents a guide to the novel "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle", by Haruki Murakami, and provides biographical information on the author, an analysis of the text-- examining its most important themes and ideas, and a summary of how the novel was received when it was first published, and how it is considered today.

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN: 1446499103
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Book Excerpt:

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared. His wife is growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has recently been receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, 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. 'Visionary...a bold and generous book' New York Times 'Murakami weaves textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty' Independent on Sunday 'Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down' Daily Telegraph 'Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original' The Times

Haruki Murakami s The Wind up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami s The Wind up Bird Chronicle
Author: Matthew Strecher
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2002-01-11
ISBN: 1441101462
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami s The Wind up Bird Chronicle Book Excerpt:

This is an excellent guide to Haruki Murakami's extraordinary novel. It features a biography of the author (including an interview), a full-length analysis of the novel, and a great deal more. If you're studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, you'll find this guide informative and helpful. This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from 'The Remains of the Day' to 'White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

The Wind up Bird Chronicle

The Wind up Bird Chronicle
Author: Haruki Murakami,Jay Rubin
Publsiher: Harvill Press
Total Pages: 609
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9781860465819
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wind up Bird Chronicle Book Excerpt:

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy
Author: Jonathan Dil
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2022-02-24
ISBN: 1350270555
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy Book Excerpt:

Haruki Murakami, a global literary phenomenon, has said that he started writing fiction as a means of self-therapy. What he has not discussed as much is what he needed self-therapy for. This book argues that by understanding more about why Murakami writes, and by linking this with the question of how he writes, readers can better understand what he writes. Murakami's fiction, in other words, can be read as a search for self-therapy. In five chapters which explore Murakami's fourteen novels to date, this book argues that there are four prominent therapeutic threads woven through Murakami's fiction that can be traced back to his personal traumas - most notably Murakami's falling out with his late father and the death of a former girlfriend – and which have also transcended them in significant ways as they have been transformed into literary fiction. The first thread looks at the way melancholia must be worked through for mourning to occur and healing to happen; the second thread looks at how symbolic acts of sacrifice can help to heal intergenerational trauma; the third thread looks at the way people with avoidant attachment styles can begin to open themselves up to love again; the fourth thread looks at how individuation can manifest as a response to nihilism. Meticulously researched and written with sensitivity, the result is a sophisticated exploration of Murakami's published novels as an evolving therapeutic project that will be of great value to all scholars of Japanese literature and culture.

The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami

The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami
Author: Matthew Carl Strecher
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2014-10-01
ISBN: 1452943060
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami Book Excerpt:

In an “other world” composed of language—it could be a fathomless Martian well, a labyrinthine hotel or forest—a narrative unfolds, and with it the experiences, memories, and dreams that constitute reality for Haruki Murakami’s characters and readers alike. Memories and dreams in turn conjure their magical counterparts—people without names or pasts, fantastic animals, half-animals, and talking machines that traverse the dark psychic underworld of this writer’s extraordinary fiction. Fervently acclaimed worldwide, Murakami’s wildly imaginative work in many ways remains a mystery, its worlds within worlds uncharted territory. Finally in this book readers will find a map to the strange realm that grounds virtually every aspect of Murakami’s writing. A journey through the enigmatic and baffling innermost mind, a metaphysical dimension where Murakami’s most bizarre scenes and characters lurk, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami exposes the psychological and mythological underpinnings of this other world. Matthew Carl Strecher shows how these considerations color Murakami’s depictions of the individual and collective soul, which constantly shift between the tangible and intangible but in this literary landscape are undeniably real. Through these otherworldly depths The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami also charts the writer’s vivid “inner world,” whether unconscious or underworld (what some Japanese critics call achiragawa, or “over there”), and its connectivity to language. Strecher covers all of Murakami’s work—including his efforts as a literary journalist—and concludes with the first full-length close reading of the writer’s newest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Vintage Fantasy

Vintage Fantasy
Author: Haruki Murakami,Lewis Carroll
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2007-08-02
ISBN: 9780099511403
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vintage Fantasy Book Excerpt:

2 classic books for the price of 1: Vintage Fantasy is a limited edition gift pack which consists of beautifully designed separate volumes ofAlice's Adventures in Wonderlandby Lewis Carroll and Haruki Murakami's cult bestsellerThe Wind-up Bird Chronicle. Vintage Fantasy is just one of ten Vintage Classic Twins to collect. Each twin consists of two books: a specially designed limited edition of one modern classic title and one established classic work. The books in each pair have been carefully selected to provide a thought-provoking combination. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Alice is one of the most beloved characters of English writing. A bright and inquisitive child, one boring summer afternoon she follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole. At the bottom she finds herself in a bizarre world full of strange creatures, and attends a very strange tea party and croquet match. This immensely witty and unique story mixes satire and puzzles, comedy and anxiety, to provide an astute depiction of the experience of childhood. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle: 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 and blameless life are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

Dances with Sheep

Dances with Sheep
Author: Matthew Carl Strecher
Publsiher: U of M Center For Japanese Studies
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2021-01-19
ISBN: 0472038338
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dances with Sheep Book Excerpt:

As a spokesman for disaffected youth of the post-1960s, Murakami Haruki has become one of the most important voices in contemporary Japanese literature, and he has gained a following in the United States through translations of his works. In Dances with Sheep, Matthew Strecher examines Murakami’s fiction—and, to a lesser extent, his nonfiction—for its most prevalent structures and themes. Strecher also delves into the paradoxes in Murakami’s writings that confront critics and casual readers alike. Murakami writes of “serious” themes yet expresses them in a relatively uncomplicated style that appeals to high school students as well as scholars; and his fictional work appears to celebrate the pastiche of postmodern expression, yet he rejects the effects of the postmodern on contemporary culture as dangerous. Strecher’s methodology is both historical and cultural as he utilizes four distinct yet interwoven approaches to analyze Murakami’s major works: the writer’s “formulaic” structure with serious themes; his play with magical realism; the intense psychological underpinnings of his literary landscape; and his critique of language and its capacity to represent realities, past and present. Dances with Sheep links each of these approaches with Murakami’s critical focus on the fate of individual identity in contemporary Japan. The result is that the simplicity of the Murakami hero, marked by lethargy and nostalgia, emerges as emblematic of contemporary humankind, bereft of identity, direction, and meaning. Murakami’s fiction is reconstructed in Dances with Sheep as a warning against the dehumanizing effects of late-model capitalism, the homogenization of the marketplace, and the elimination of effective counterculture in Japan.

First Person Singular

First Person Singular
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-04-06
ISBN: 1473582377
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

First Person Singular Book Excerpt:

A mindbending new collection of short stories from the unique, internationally acclaimed author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The eight masterly stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From nostalgic memories of youth, meditations on music and an ardent love of baseball to dreamlike scenarios, an encounter with a talking monkey and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. Occasionally, a narrator who may or may not be Murakami himself is present. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides. Philosophical and mysterious, the stories in First Person Singular all touch beautifully on love and solitude, childhood and memory. . . all with a signature Murakami twist. A GUARDIAN AND SUNDAY TIMES 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 345
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN: 1448103525
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wild Sheep Chase Book 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

1Q84 Book 3

1Q84  Book 3
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2011-10-25
ISBN: 1446484203
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1Q84 Book 3 Book Excerpt:

Book Two of 1Q84 ended with Aomame standing on the Metropolitan Expressway with a gun between her lips. She knows she is being hunted, and that she has put herself in terrible danger in order to save the man she loves. But things are moving forward, and Aomame does not yet know that she and Tengo are more closely bound than ever. Tengo is searching for Aomame, and he must find her before this world's rules loosen up too much. He must find her before someone else does.

Killing Commendatore

Killing Commendatore
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2018-10-09
ISBN: 0525520058
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Killing Commendatore Book Excerpt:

A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art, Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers. When a thirty-something portrait painter is abandoned by his wife, he secludes himself in the mountain home of a world famous artist. One day, the young painter hears a noise from the attic, and upon investigation, he discovers a previously unseen painting. By unearthing this hidden work of art, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances; and to close it, he must undertake a perilous journey into a netherworld that only Haruki Murakami could conjure.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words
Author: Jay Rubin
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words Book Excerpt:

Besides being the distinguished translator of Murakami's work, Professor Jay Rubin is a self-confessed fan. He has now written a book for other fans who want to know more about the reclusive author of "Norwegian Wood, the Wind-up Bird Chronicle" and "The Elephant Vanishes."

After Dark

After Dark
Author: 村上春樹
Publsiher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2007
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After Dark Book Excerpt:

Two sisters--Eri, a fashion model sleeping her way to oblivion, and Mari, a young student--form the center of a novel that documents a series of encounters in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
Author: Mark Mussari
Publsiher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2011-01-15
ISBN: 1608703991
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami Book Excerpt:

Learn the story behind Haruki Murakami and examine in depth his most widely read works.

Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 59
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN: 144810369X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kafka on the Shore Book Excerpt:

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 pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle - one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece. 'Wonderful... Magical and outlandish' Daily Mail 'Hypnotic, spellbinding' The Times 'Cool, fluent and addictive' Daily Telegraph

Wind

Wind
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 178
Release: 2016-05-01
ISBN: 0099590425
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wind Book Excerpt:

Hear the Wind Sing is Murakami's first novel, available for the first time in English outside Japan. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in Jâe(tm)s Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers. The story of the narrator, the Rat and J continues in Pinball, 1973.

The Elephant Vanishes

The Elephant Vanishes
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN: 1448103711
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elephant Vanishes Book Excerpt:

A dizzying short story collection that displays Murakami's genius for uncovering the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary within the ordinary *Featuring the story ‘Barn Burning’, the inspiration behind the Palme d’Or nominated film Burning* When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset. A couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's. A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.

Men Without Women

Men Without Women
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 219
Release: 2017-05-09
ISBN: 147354730X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Men Without Women Book Excerpt:

DISCOVER THE SHORT STORY COLLECTION THAT GAVE THE WORLD DRIVE MY CAR, THE BAFTA AND OSCAR WINNING FILM A dazzling Sunday Times bestselling collection of short stories from the beloved internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami. Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humour that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic. 'Supremely enjoyable, philosophical and pitch-perfect new collection of short stories...Murakami has a marvelous understanding of youth and age' Observer 'Murakami at his whimsical, romantic best' Financial Times