Norwegian Wood

by Haruki Murakami Fiction

  • Kodansha (1987, 298 pages)
  • US Vintage
  • UK Vintage

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki.

Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

In 2010, a Japanese film adaptation was released. It was directed by Tran Anh Hung, and starred Kenichi Matsuyama as Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchias Naoko and Kiko Mizuhara as Midori. It was presented at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

Norwegian Wood UK film tie-in cover
Murakami tells a subtle, charming, profound and very sexy story of young love bound for tragedy.

Publishers Weekly

A world class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks.

The Washington Post

Norwegian Wood is no idle choice for a title: it creates a subliminal background, both aural and symbolic, for a masterly novel of late-60's love.

Janice P. Nemura The New York