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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

by Haruki Murakami

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
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    Aug 2006, 352 pages
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    Oct 2007, 384 pages

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While anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream .. it's the rare artist who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves. Short Stories

Murakami's last book of short stories to be published in English was After The Quake, a collection of six stories relating to the Kobe earthquake (see sidebar). His new collection is something quite different; instead of a small selection of short stories relating to one event, he presents us with 25 stories written over 25 years from 1980 to 2005, many of which have previously been published in The New Yorker, Granta and Harper's.

Although the stories are not presented chronologically, a clear progression in his writing style can be seen - from the early stories that are so surreal as to be almost indescribable, to his more tangible recent stories. It's even possible to see differences between the stories translated by Jay Rubin, as opposed to Philip Gabriel - apparently, the two translators find themselves drawn to different aspects of Murakami's work, so that ...

About The Author: Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and graduated from the Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1975. He wrote his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing (1979, translated 1987) in his thirties, but his major breakthrough came in 1987 with the publication of Norwegian Wood - a coming of age story named after the Beatles' song, which differs from his other novels in that it is written in a realistic style, whereas his other novels and many of his short stories have strong fantasy elements.

He and his wife lived in Europe from 1986 to 1991, and in the USA from 1991 to 1995, where he taught at Princeton. After the Kobe earthquake and the poison gas attacks on the Tokyo subway in 1995* he returned to Tokyo to interview both attack victims and members of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo, from which he wrote two non-fiction books. These were edited and combined...

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