Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, an ice man, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we 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 loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distance between those who ought to be closest of all.
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Murakami's fictional world is extraordinary - Sunday Times
More insights into life, death, memories, love and kangaroos than one has a right to expect in any single volume - Daily Express
An intimate pleasure - The Times
These stories are rich in Murakami magic... a collection that all readers will enjoy - Independent
Sharp but humane observation...as unforgettable as it is untypical - New Statesman
Although Murakami's style and deadpan humour are wonderfully distinctive, his emotional territory is more familiar - remorse, unresolved confusion, sudden epiphanies - though heightened by the surreal... For all its peculiarity, Planet Murakami offers a recognisable landscape of our fears - Observer
Disarming, amusing and reveals his lightness of touch - Scotland on Sunday
A beguiling collection that shows off Murakami's bold inventiveness and deep compassion - Metro
Murakami is excellent at creating an intense mood in a swift few lines... always provocative and never less than engaging - Daily Telegraph
By turns disturbing and delightful, funny strange and funny ha-ha...Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a handsome volume of prose, every bit as substantial as a novel...They show him at his very best; not as a cult novelist but as a really first-rate writer of short fiction - Guardian
Funny but also sad and wise - Sunday Telegraph
Murakami’s fictional world is extraordinary. - The Sunday Times
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood,The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.