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The Elephant Vanishes: Stories (1985)

by Haruki Murakami

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Contains seventeen short fiction stories by Haruki Murakami about people whose lives veer off the path of normalcy.
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Murakami es la nueva sensación de la literatura japonesa a nivel mundial. Podría decirse que ha sido entronizado como el escritor japonés, a los ojos de millones. Ha desplazado a nombres de la talla de Natsume Soseki, Yukio Mishima o Junichiro Tanizaki a un relativo olvido. A nivel mundial, su impacto cultural (o sea, cantidad de ejemplares vendidos), es el equivalente a lo que Borges es a la Argentina o García Marquez a Colombia.

Uno de sus trabajos más renombrados, «Kafka en la orilla», fue el primer título de su autoría que leí. Si bien me agradó, no fue suficiente como para considerar merecida su fama. Por lo que, siguiendo el consejo de uno de sus admiradores (conocido mío, con un gusto que me parece respetable), decidí darle una segunda oportunidad. Y su elección fue esta colección de cuentos, que por tratarse de un formato diferente a mi inmersión inicial, lo consideré una elección apropiada para volver a leer algo suyo.

Hay ciertos vicios, o mejor dicho, ciertas cosas que me hacen ruido, que se perpetúan también en esta oportunidad. Diría que hay un exceso de excesos: demasiada magia donde no hace falta, demasiada sexualidad irrelevante a la trama de la historia, demasiadas referencias a la cultura popular que más que parecerme cool, me dieron cringe.

Debo decir, no obstante, que cuando se desprende de estos elementos, es un escritor fenomenal. No digo que renuncie al elemento mágico, pero por ejemplo «El enano bailarín» es ya lo suficientemente mágico como para necesitar que el trabajo del protagonista sea ensamblar elefantes en una pinche fábrica. Así y todo, ese cuento me pareció uno de los tres mejores del libro, con cierto dejo de fábula medieval si se quiere.
Los otros dos que me parecieron muy guay fueron «Silencio» (por alguna razón, no podía dejar de pensar en Mishima) y «Sobre el encuentro con una chica cien por ciento perfecta en una soleada mañana del mes de abril» (whencomestheanime.mp4).

De todas formas, creo que esa hipérbole de lo mágico/absurdo es lo que caracteriza a Murakami, y lo que hace que tenga tantos seguidores; lo que no significa que sea para mí. Así y todo, en este formato he encontrado cosas que me han agradado muchísimo, y si en alguna ocasión vuelve a incurrir en el relato corto, seguramente se anotará una unidad más a sus ventas. ( )
  little_raven | Jun 1, 2020 |
The quote from Henry David Thoreau goes something like, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation." I thought of that quote a lot when reading this book. This book is a series of short stories. It seemed to me, the recurring theme in these stories is this: The main character gets a glimpse of something extraordinary (sometimes potentially supernatural, sometimes not, but always extraordinary). But, then the pull of the mundane life takes over and they are drawn back into it. The book is full of missed opportunities to experience the extraordinary.

As with all of Murakami's books, this one is well written, especially the character development. In some of these short stories, there are hints of his longer works. Such as, one is practically a prologue to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. This book is worth reading, for sure. ( )
  modioperandi | May 12, 2020 |
... a collection of short stories with strengths and weaknesses. I liked about half of the stories and was really weirded out when the first one seemed incredibly familiar. (How many cats named Noboru Watanabe can there be?) It turns out that it became the first chapter of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle!

The main weakness of the collection was that too many of the stories were written about the same essential guy -- early thirties, smokes constantly, drinks almost as much, and likes to bed college students/twenty-somethings. The plots varied but this guy kept showing up and, well, I didn't find him very interesting. However, sometimes he still ended up in a story I enjoyed so who knows. The bottom line is that the mind of Murakami is sometimes predictable, sometimes special, but almost always worth a visit.

https://webereading.com/2018/06/the-elephant-vanishes-stories.html ( )
1 vote klpm | Jun 20, 2018 |
Two extremely haunting stories, "Sleep" and "Barn Burning", buoyed up this whimsically scattered collection of short stories. ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
Two extremely haunting stories, "Sleep" and "Barn Burning", buoyed up this whimsically scattered collection of short stories. ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
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Det är en ojämn samling, pärlor och bagateller om vartannat. När Murakami är som sämst är han tomt idisslande. När han är som bäst tar han sig in i ens huvud.
 
Murakamis uppsluppna kombination av noir och fantasy är svårartat beroendeframkallande.
 

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Haruki Murakamiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Birnbaum, AlfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubin, JayTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westerhoven, JacquesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Memory is like fiction; or else it’s fiction that’s like memory. This really came
home to me once I started writing fiction, that memory seemed like a kind of fiction,
or vice versa. Either way, no matter how hard you try to put everything neatly into
shape, the context wanders this way and that, until finally the context isn’t even there
anymore. You’re left with this pile of kittens lolling all over one another. Warm with
life, hopelessly unstable. “The Last Lawn of the Afternoon”
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