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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, 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.
About the Author
HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949. He met his wife, Yoko, at university and they opened a jazz club in Tokyo called ‘Peter Cat’. The massive success of his novel NORWEGIAN WOOD (1987) made him a national celebrity. He fled Japan and did not return until 1995 when he came to regard the Kobe earthquake and the Tokyo gas attack as twin manifestations of a violence just beneath the surface of Japanese life.
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You need to put some hard work in reading this book and I believe that is exactly what author intended. No rewards, though, just more questions about the meaning of life.
"Murakami writes of contemporary Japan, urban alienation and journey's of self-discovery, and in this book he combines recollections of the war with metaphysics, dreams and hallucinations into a powerful and impressionistic work" Independent "Murakami weaves these textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty" Independent on Sunday "Critics have variously likened him to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill assorted as to suggest Murakami is in fact an original" New York Times "Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down" Daily Telegraph "How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration" Independent on Sunday
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1