Title: WIND/PINBALL: TWO NOVELS - Scarce Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 235 pages. Published in 2015. New and definitive translations of the author's early novels. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents, in one volume, Haruki Murakami's "Ikaze no uta o kike" and "1973 nen no pinborun" in felicitous English translations. "Spring of 1978: A young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: Two remarkable short novels, 'Hear The Wind Sing' and 'Pinball 1973', which launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. These powerful, 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 Rat Trilogy. Newly translated and featuring a new Introduction by Murakami himself, 'Wind/Pinball' gives us a fascinating insight into a great writer's beginnings" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Haruki Murakami collectors. These titles are contemporary classics. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Far too many copies were badly damaged in transit because of poor packing and handling on the publisher's part. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HARUKI MURAKAMI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0385352123. Bookseller Inventory # 19947
Synopsis: The debut short novels--nearly thirty years out of print-- by the internationally acclaimed writer, newly retranslated and in one English-language volume for the first time, with a new introduction by the author.
These first major works of fiction by Haruki Murakami center on two young men--an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat. Powerful, at times surreal, stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism, these novellas bear all the hallmarks of Murakami's later books, giving us a fascinating insight into a great writer's beginnings, and are remarkable works of fiction in their own right. Here too is an exclusive essay by Murakami in which he explores and explains his decision to become a writer. Prequels to the much-beloved classics A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance, these early works are essential reading for Murakami completists and contemporary fiction lovers alike.
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 Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul. Translated by Ted Goossen.
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