An eclectic, eccentiric and altogether brain-bending new collection of short stories from the cult Japanese author.
A young man accompanies his cousin to the hospital to check an unusual hearing complaint and recalls a story of a woman put to sleep by tiny flies crawling inside her ear; a mirror appears out of nowhere and a nightwatchman is unnerved as his reflection tries to take control of him; a couple's relationship is unbalanced after dining exclusively on exquisite crab while on holiday; a man follows instructions on the back of a postcard to apply for a job, but an unknown password stands between him and his mysterious employer. In each one of these stories Murakami sidesteps the real and sprints for the surreal. Everyday events are transcended, leaving the reader dazzled by this master of his craft.
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is Murakami's most eclectic collection of stories to date, spanning five years of his writing. An introduction explains the diversity of the author's choice.
“An intimate pleasure”
“Weirdness fills these engrossing stories...Although Murakami's style and deadpan humour are wonderfully distinctive, his emotional territory is more familiar - remorse, unresolved confusion, sudden epiphanies - though heightened by the surreal... For all its peculiarity, Planet Murakami offers a recognisable landscape of our fears”
“Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is Murakami's third collection of stories to be published in English, and it will undoubtedly confirm his reputation as literature's answer to David Lynch”
“Sharp but humane observation...as unforgettable as it is untypical”
“Disarming, amusing and reveals his lightness of touch”
Scotland on Sunday
“Murakami is excellent at creating an intense mood in a swift few lines... always provocative and never less than engaging”
“By turns disturbing and delightful, funny strange and funny ha-ha...Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a handsome volume of prose, every bit as substantial as a novel...They show him at his very best; not as a cult novelist but as a really first-rate writer of short fiction”
“A beguiling collection that shows off Murakami's bold inventiveness and deep compassion”
“Murakami's fictional world is extraordinary”
“Funny but also sad and wise”
“These stories are rich in Murakami magic... a collection that all readers will enjoy”
“A stunning collection...the effect is...simple, mysterious and true...Masterful”