Kafka on the Shore

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Author: Haruki Murakami
Translated by Philip Gabriel

9780099458326 | PB | pp. 512 | 2005 | Vintage

Kafka on the Shore is a blend of magical realism, suspense and humour. It follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters.

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Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father’s dark prophecy.

The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle – one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece.

Additional information

Author:

Haruki Murakami

ISBN:

9780099458326

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

512

Year of Publication:

2005

Publisher:

Vintage

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949. He is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country. His work has received numerous awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize.

Murakami’s most notable works include A Wild Sheep Chase (1982), Norwegian Wood (1987), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994–95), Kafka on the Shore (2002), and 1Q84 (2009–10). He has also translated into Japanese works by writers including Raymond Carver and J. D. Salinger. His fiction, sometimes criticized by Japan’s literary establishment as un-Japanese, was influenced by Western writers from Chandler to Vonnegut by way of Brautigan. It is frequently surrealistic and melancholic or fatalistic, marked by a Kafkaesque rendition of the “recurrent themes of alienation and loneliness” he weaves into his narratives. Steven Poole of The Guardian praised Murakami as “among the world’s greatest living novelists” for his works and achievements.

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