Haruki Murakami

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Sputnik Sweetheart

book | Fiction | 1999
World → Kodansha
US → Knopf
UK → Vintage

Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.

Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished...

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Reviews

Evening Standard
Sputnik Sweetheart is a captivating book from one of the world’s most interesting authors. Reality will never look so solid again. Jenny Turner
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Booklist
As Murakami's people shuttle between alternate worlds and secret selves, always isolating someone trapped behind the last locked door, we can't escape recognizing that this fantastic world feels an awful lot like daily life.
Booklist
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A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors

Sunday Herald

How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration

Independent on Sunday

Murakami’s true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments.

The New Yorker

Murakami has an unmatched gift for turning psychological metaphors into uncanny narratives.

The New York Times Book Review

Grabs you from its opening lines... [Murakami’s] never written anything more openly emotional.

Los Angeles Magazine

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