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The Strange Library

by Haruki Murakami

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In a fantastical illustrated short novel, three people imprisoned in a nightmarish library plot their escape.
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So strange.... I felt like I missed some greater point ( )
  davisfamily | Dec 11, 2022 |
A strange little book and tale about a nightmarish library that keeps you a prisoner. The design of the book by Chip Kidd is a great piece of art. ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
Weird, beautiful and meaningful. ( )
  jmhighman | Sep 7, 2022 |
This one's obviously a short horror story for children but with Murakami's signature "disappearing act" of his character(s). And the book's pictures/illustrations are way too creepy. :| ( )
  Emmie199x | Jul 25, 2022 |
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Haruki Murakami’s “The Strange Library” is a short story, not a novel. So why, one might wonder, has it been published as a single volume?
added by dcozy | editThe Japan Times, David Cozy (Dec 27, 2014)

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Haruki Murakamiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Goossen, TedTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gräfe, UrsulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidd, ChipDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menschik, KatIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The library was even more hushed than usual.
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La notte di luna nuova si avvicinava silenziosamente, come un delfino cieco.
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