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Each story in this collection operates slightly to the left of reality.
They are often as evocative as they are humorous. Despite their
fantastical elements, it is the mundane events of the characters’
everyday that give these stories their weight. It is here that the
reader can connect to the human themes of love and loss, nostalgia and
desire. Fans of Murakami’s acclaimed novels take note; he is a true
master of the short story.
“These are beautifully written stories, often funny, always moving.” –Chicago Tribune
“Eerie, unsettling. . . . [A] wonderful combination of the bizarre and the mundane.” –Village Voice Literary Supplement
“Charming, humorous and frequently puzzling . . . The Elephant Vanishes [is] fun to read.” –The New York Times
“These stories show us Japan as it’s experienced from the inside. . . . [They] take place in parallel worlds not so much remote from ordinary life as hidden within its surfaces. . . . Even in the slipperiest of Mr. Murakami’s stories, pinpoints of detail flash out . . . warm with life, hopelessly–and wonderfully–unstable.” –The New York Times Book Review
“A stunning writer at work in an era of international literature.” –Newsday
“Enchanting…intriguing…all of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone. Mr. Murakami has pulled off a tricky feat, writing stories about people who are bored but never boring. He left me lying awake at night, hungry for more.” –Wall Street Journal
“The Elephant Vanishes, through [its] bold originality and charming surrealism, should win the author new readers in this country.” –Detroit Free Press