I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone.
Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humour that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
‘Devotees will find plenty of signature Murakami here.’ - The Guardian
Born in Kyoto, Haruki Murakami is a leading light of Japanese fiction best known for his inventive and visually unique, magic realist fiction. His best known works include: A Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, Dance Dance Dance, South of the Border, West of the Sun, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and Wind/Pinball. He has also written several volumes of non-fiction, amongst them his meditation on writing and running, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 379 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 25 mm
"Murakami writes of complex things with his usual beguiling simplicity. . . Strangely invigorating to read. . . It is Murakami at his whimsical, romantic best" * Financial Times *
"Calculatedly provocative. . ., the stories offer sweet-sour meditations on human solitude and a yearning to connect. . . Murakami, always inventive, is one of the finest popular writers at work today" -- Ian Thomson * Evening Standard *
"Written with all the cats, spaghetti, humor, and gentle surrealism we might expect . . . Men Without Women is a funny, lovely, unmistakably Murakami collection of seven stories about the lives of people trying to find their place in the world and reckoning with their pasts" * Buzzfeed *
"A disconcertingly funny portrait of modern loneliness" -- Hayley Maitland * Vogue *
"Self-schooled and uncontaminated by writerly edicts, the 68-year-old presents subjects directly on a platter before the reader. . . but stirs up all kinds of themes and truths in the allegorical mud through his gentle, almost conversational style" -- Hilary A White * Irish Independent *
"One of the finest pieces of short-form writing I have enjoyed in many years... If the familiar way of Haruki Murakami are an enthusiasm, there is plenty here to divert the aficionado, but he also takes a turn into riskier territory that could well coax new readers into his distinctive world" -- Keith Bruce * Herald *
"Moments of melancholy and humour mix with acute observation in the latest offering by Japan's master storyteller" -- Angel Gurria-Quintana * Financial Times *
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