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Paperback (Reprint) 2016-05-03 $16.00 256
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Paperback (Large Print) 2015-08-04 $26.00 320
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Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels

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Published by Vintage on 2016-05-03
FICTION / Literary

Haruki Murakami's first two novels, available for the first time in English outside Japan. With a new introduction by the author. 'If you're the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o'clock in the morning, you can only write accordingly. That's who I am.' Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami's earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers. Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind, despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the three-flipper Spaceship.
(Paperback (Combined volume), 2016-05-03)

ASIN: 0099590395
ISBN: 9780099590392
EAN: 9780099590392

Wind/Pinball: Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 (Two Novels)

These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age --- the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat --- are stories of loneliness, obsession and eroticism. They bear all the hallmarks of Murakami’s later books, and form the first two-thirds, with A WILD SHEEP CHASE, of the trilogy of the Rat. 

Widely available in English for the first time ever, newly translated, and featuring a new introduction by Murakami himself, WIND/PINBALL gives us a fascinating insight into a great writer’s beginnings.

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Two old novellas accompanied by a new introduction by the author – whatever this unusual publication is, it’s delicious. Call it a Murakami primer for newbies, the introduction alone makes Wind Pinball worth reading. In a time when university creative writing programmes are the mainstay of author bios, Murakami articulates quite plainly ...

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