Kafka on the Shore
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.
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