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Kafka on the Shore (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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Though some may find it difficult to connect with a story wherein it sometimes rains fish and Colonel Sanders might magically appear at any moment in time, getting lost is half the fun in this surrealistic opus. Following two lost souls in alternating chapters, Haruki Murakami creates a coming-of-age tale that does not feel like one, a compendium of modernized Japanese tradition and folklore, a story that leaves each reader walking away with something completely different from the next, and an artwork that is easily the finest work of surrealist literature of all time.

— From Chandler's Recommendations


Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.

Here we meet a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who is on the run, and Nakata, an aging simpleton who is drawn to Kafka for reasons that he cannot fathom. As their paths converge, acclaimed author Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder, in what is a truly remarkable journey.

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…

“As powerful as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. . . . Reading Murakami . . . is a striking experience in consciousness expansion.” –The Chicago Tribune

“An insistently metaphysical mind-bender.”
The New Yorker

“If he has not achieved that status already, Haruki Murakami is on course to becoming the most widely read Japanese writer outside Japan, past or present.”
New York Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9781400079278
ISBN-10: 1400079276
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2006
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Vintage International