Title Profile & Character Information

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Annotation
From the bestselling author ofKafka on the ShoreandThe Wind-up Bird Chroniclescomes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.

Awards
2007  Kiriyama Prize

GenreCollection
Fiction
Domestic
Psychological
TopicsLoss
Identity
Death of a child
Accidental deaths
Ghosts
Magic
Survival
Natural disasters