The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.
Daisy Meyrick manages the translation rights for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.
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a powerful and impressionistic work
The Independent Full Review
this is a fully mature, engrossing tale of individual and national destinies entwined. It will be hard to surpass.
Kirkus Full Review
Dreamlike and compelling....Murakami is a genius.
Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down