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From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle comes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    Save this for when you’ve read all of his novels, and you still need a Murakami fix

    A couple of great stories, but too many are fragmented without any foundation to give them meaning. I’m a huge fan of his novels, which I enjoy much more. They often have short stories in them and the stories work better there.

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