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The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami

The Elephant Vanishes

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Published: April 2003
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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 to a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible -even death. In every one of the stories that make up THE ELEPHANT VANISHES, Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal. He has a deadpan genius for dislocating realities to uncover the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary in the ordinary.

"How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration" Independent on Sunday "Enchanting...intriguing... All of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone" Wall Street Journal "All the stories take place in parallel worlds not so much remote from ordinary life as hidden within its surfaces: secret alleys that afford unexpected - and unsettling - views" New York Times "Like the best thriller fiction, it nags you with the sensation that Something Nasty is about to happen" Sunday Times "Most collections of short stories work by the interplay of different voices. This one offers the more satisfying rewards of a novel: unity of tone and a richness of recurring detail that creates its own texture: spaghetti, lawns, hamburgers, beer-drinking, kid sisters, Sunday afternoons, a man's name" Independent

Haruki Murakami

Legend has it that on a warm day in Spring 1974 while watching a baseball game Murakami-san had the inspiration to write his first novel, later called Hear the Wind sing.

It won him his first Literary award and is part of The Trilogy of the Rat together with Pinball 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase .

His career as an writer took off fast and a steady flow of Novels, Short Stories, Articles and Documentaries followed.

The fact that he spent a good part of his life outside Japan, mainly in the US and southern Europe, is maybe the key factor of his growing worldwide success.

The stories and settings are familiar to Westerners and yet there is a distinctive Japanese touch.

Visit Haruki Murakami's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780099448754
ISBN-10: 0099448750
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: April 2003
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.24