The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. First American Edition. Hardcover. 611 pages ; 25 cm. $25.95 dust jacket. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
With three novels and one short-story collection now translated into English, Haruki Murakami has emerged as the most significant Japanese novelist in decades. And with this hugely ambitious new book—a true magnum opus, equal in scope and execution to Yukio i Mishima's posthumous tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility—he will take his place in the international pantheon of contemporary literature.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is many things: the story of a marriage that mysteriously collapses; a jeremiad against the superficiality of contemporary politics; an investigation of painfully suppressed memories of war; a bildungsroman about a compassionate young man's search for his own identity as well as that of his nation. All of Murakami's storytelling genius—combining elements of detective fiction, deadpan humor, and metaphysical truth, and swiftly transforming commonplace realism into surreal revelation—is on full, seamless display. And in turning his literary imagination loose on a broad social and political canvas, he bears nothing less than the soul of a country steeped in the violence of the twentieth century.
Deceptively simple, wise, poignant, I funny and horrifying, The Wind-Up Bird I Chronicle is a mesmerizing saga of personal conscience and the power of history: a stunning achievement whose impact will be felt worldwide.
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