A dazzling new collection of short stories - the internationally bestselling author's first collection for over a decade.
'I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.'
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 humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic
"Written with all the cats, spaghetti, humor, and gentle surrealism we might expect ... Men Without Women is a funny, lovely, unmistakably Murakami collection of seven stories about the lives of people trying to find their place in the world and reckoning with their pasts." Buzzfeed "Elegant... Vintage Murakami... A glimpse into the strange worlds people invent by the always inventive Murakami." Kirkus "One of the finest pieces of short-form writing I have enjoyed in many years... If the familiar way of Haruki Murakami are an enthusiasm, there is plenty here to divert the aficionado, but he also takes a turn into riskier territory that could well coax new readers into his distinctive world" -- Keith Bruce Herald "You're never quite sure about the story's boundaries - sometimes you aren't even sure it's begun... He's as fascinated as his specimens by the complex layers of social geology in which they're to be found embedded, so that's where he begins. It's up to the reader to work out why" -- M John Harrison Guardian "It seems as if Haruki Murakami has been writing about men without women all his life. Taciturn college kids, solitary drifters and middle-aged loners, all quietly tormented by the women who cross their paths... Alongside these men is a certain kind of exquisite, unreachable woman, reminiscent of the femmes fatales of American noir movies that influenced Murakami in the early years - alluring but damaged beneath the beautiful surface... Murakami writes of complex things with his usual beguiling simplicity... Strangely invigorating to read... It is Murakami at his whimsical, romantic best" -- Arifa Akbar Financial Times
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th May 2017
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.7 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.41