Haruki Murakami

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The Elephant Vanishes

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Fiction
US Random House
UK Vintage
1993

With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal.

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.

By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami's ability to cross the border between separate realities -- and to come back bearing treasure.

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The virtuoso Japanese novelist presents 17 playful and darkly comic existentialist conundrums.
Publishers Weekly


These stories, like the kittens themselves, are "warm with life, hopelessly" -- and, I would add, wonderfully -- "unstable." David Leavitt
The New York Times


A seamless melding of Japanese cultural nuances with universal themes--in a virtuoso story collection from rising literary star Murakami
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