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A dazzling new collection of short stories - the internationally bestselling author's first collection for over a decade.

'I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.'

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic

Reviews

Supremely enjoyable, philosophical and pitch-perfect new collection of short stories. . . Murakami has a marvellous understanding of youth and age - and the failings of each

Kate Kellaway, Observer

Murakami writes of complex things with his usual beguiling simplicity. . . Strangely invigorating to read. . . It is Murakami at his whimsical, romantic best

Arifa Akbar, Financial Times

Calculatedly provocative. . ., the stories offer sweet-sour meditations on human solitude and a yearning to connect. . . Murakami, always inventive, is one of the finest popular writers at work today

Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781911215370

    May 15, 2017

    Harvill Secker

    240 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781473547308

    May 9, 2017

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

    RRP $35.00

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Also by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
Kafka On The Shore
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Desire
Absolutely on Music
Wind/Pinball
Wind/ Pinball
The Strange Library
Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
Large Print: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage
Murakami Diary
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
After Dark
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Birthday Stories
Underground
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
The Elephant Vanishes
Dance Dance Dance
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World

Recommendations

Norwegian Wood
Into the Water
No Middle Name
The Thirst
Best Laid Plans
The Traitorâ??s Girl
After You
Congo Dawn
Anything Is Possible
Dunstan
Outlander
The Good Mother
The French Perfumer
The Mistress
The Course Of Love
Private Delhi
Nineteen Eighty-Four: Popular Penguins
Be My Baby
The Night Circus
Exit West