Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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"There is a pervasive strangeness to Murakami's work, and while I've enjoyed his novels, I appreciate the briefer immersion afforded by his short fiction. This collection is one of my favorites.

Reading one of Murakami's characters is like sitting down with a friend -- a close friend, the kind whose foibles are apparent and unhidden -- that you haven't seen in years.

Consider reading in a private place. The awestruck expression on your face may draw unwanted attention and unnecessary interruptions."

--Matt, Longfellow Books

— From Matt Recommends!


The twenty-four stories that make up Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman generously express the incomparable Haruki Murakami’s mastery of the form.

Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an ice man, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit Murakami’s ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and entertaining.

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe.

Praise For…

"A warning to new readers of Haruki Murakami: You will become addicted. . . . His newest collection is as enigmatic and sublime as ever." —San Francisco Chronicle

“Whimsical, magical, daring or sometimes played with the mute in the bell of the trumpet. . . . The best of these linger far beyond the reading of them.” —Chicago Tribune

“Murakami’s writing perfectly captures the way surreal, even seemingly supernatural, encounters can subtly alter the terrain of everyday life.” —Washington Post Book World

“This collection shows Murakami at his dynamic, organic best. . . . In Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Murakami demonstrates brilliantly the perils of trying to squeeze life into prefabricated compartments.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400096084
ISBN-10: 1400096081
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: October 9th, 2007
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Vintage International