Men Without Women: Stories (Hardcover)
Murakami has said that he keeps himself busy between novels (and marathons!) by writing short stories—we are lucky for these breaks. Murakami works double time in this collection, exploring grief and alienation in a gloomy Tokyo while performing some impressive literary feats. Happy endings are not guaranteed for his all-too-human characters, who often find unhealthy means to cope with their traumas. But their stories feel relentlessly true, even as Murakami dazzles us with references to—and inversions of—classic works that I won’t spoil here. Fans will be pleased, and if you have never read Murakami, this is an excellent place to start. -Justin— From Summer Booknotes 2017
A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
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 international honors is the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, whose previous recipients include J. K. Rowling, Isabel Allende, and Salman Rushdie.