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Vintage Murakami by Haruki Murakami

Vintage Murakami

by Haruki Murakami

Other authors: Alfred Birnbaum (Translator), Philip Gabriel (Translator), Richard L. Peterson (Translator), Jay Rubin (Translator)

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Reading this collection of works from Murakami, who is apparently one of Japan's top contemporary authors, was a bit of a tease. I'd just start getting into a story when it would end, leaving me wanting more. Luckily, many of these stories are, of course, parts of longer novels, and so someday, more I can get!

His style is sparser than I normally like (sometimes I wonder if that's more of a translation thing, though I guess the trick to being a good translator is to use a style consistent with the author's style in their original language), but they are interesting and insightful. The excerpts from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in particular still leave me shuddering while thinking about them late at night (almost a month after I finished reading the book!), and I may definitely have to read that entire book someday, if none other, in order to exorcise those memories.

Includes the opening chapter of his novel Norwegian Woods; 'Lieutenant Mamiya's Long Story: Parts I and II' from his novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; 'Shizuko Akashi' from his non-fiction book on the 1995 Tokyo subway attacks, Underground; and the short stories, 'Barn Burning', 'honey pie', and 'ice man'. ( )
  pixxiefish | Mar 17, 2009 |
A nice primer for someone looking to get into Murakami ( )
  clewley | Jun 28, 2006 |
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Birnbaum, AlfredTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gabriel, PhilipTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peterson, Richard L.Translatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rubin, JayTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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'Vintage Murakami' includes the opening chapter of bestseller 'Norwegian Wood ; Parts 1 and 2 of Lieutenant Mamiya's long story, from his monumental novel 'The wind-up bird chronicle' ; Also included for the first time in book form, the short story 'Ice man'.… (more)

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