Haruki Murakami

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Hear the Wind Sing & Pinball, 1973

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Fiction
US Knopf (Ed. Lexy Bloom)
Canada Doubleday (Ed. Kristin Cochrane)
UK & Comm Harvill Secker (Ed. Liz Foley)
World Kodansha
1979
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 in August 2015.

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.
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Murakami obsessives are in for a treat. All the hallmarks of Murakami are here at their genesis, including his seemingly simple style, which he describes in an indispensable foreword... Elegiac, ambient, and matter-of-fact in their strangeness, these two novels might leave casual readers wondering what all the fuss is about. But for the rest of us, this may be the ultimate bit of Murakami arcana, both elevating his other books... and serving as two excellent, though fragile, works in their own right.

Publishers Weekly
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Though these stories—two of the so-called Rat Trilogy—are more than 40 years old, marking the very beginning of Murakami’s career, they are full of trademark turns... it’s interesting to see hints of the masterly novels to come in these slender, pessimistic tales.

Kirkus Review


[B]oth books have that unique blend of melancholy and beauty that Murakami manages so well; they are mysterious, moreish, but also mannered and incomplete... they mark the value of legacy, are striking even in their formative, flawed states, and clearly show a writer of innovation emerging and developing his formidable talent.

Arifa Akbar
Independent


[S]hort but by no means slight... a fresh, heart-warming dose of the Japanese master.

The Economist


What establishes these two novellas as quintessential Murakami are not just the themes of isolation and loneliness that will characterise many of his later works, nor their colloquial style that positions them firmly in the familiar territory of classic American coming-of-age novels. It's that both stories hint at the unique, postmodern blend of the real and the surreal, the quotidian and the allegorical for which Murakami would later become famous.

Hannah Beckerman
The Observer


Early Murakami isn’t Murakami-in-the-making, it’s already and entirely Murakami.

Ian Sansom
The Guardian


Two perfectly shaped novellas, as experimental and pleasantly offbeat as they are easy to enjoy

Irish Times
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