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Murakami, Haruki; Gabriel, Philip (translator)

Kafka On the Shore

Kafka On the Shore

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 2005. 1st American edition (stated). Quarto in blue spine and white paper-backed boards; 436 pages; 25 cm. Near fine, lacking dust jacket. Hardcover. ISBN: 1400043662; 9781400043668

Translation of: Umibe No Kafuka. / "This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle-yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own."—Publisher.

Parent and child -- Fiction. Parents et enfants -- Romans, nouvelles, etc. FICTION / Literary. Parent and child Runaway teenagers Magic realism (Literature) Fictional Work Psychological fiction. Action and adventure fiction Psychological fiction Fantasy fiction Fiction Mystery fiction. Action and adventure fiction. Fiction. Romans. Japan -- Fiction.

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