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A Wild Sheep Chase

Murakami, Haruki

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ISBN 10: 037571894X / ISBN 13: 9780375718946
Published by Kodansha, 1989
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Uncorrected galley proofs/ Advance reading copy. A near fine copy of Murakami's debut novel in America. Blue wraps with the same design as the hardback, translated by Alfred Birnbaum. From the rear cover, " The American Debut of Japan's Premier Contemporary Writer ".Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 001383

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Title: A Wild Sheep Chase

Publisher: Kodansha

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami’s international reputation.

It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company’s advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.

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“Murakami is a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman.” –New York Times Book Review

"A delight . . . equal parts screwball comedy, detective story, and heroic quest." –USA Today
“A witty adventure . . . a piece of verbal anarchy . . . a labyrinthine mystery from start to finish.” –San Francisco Chronicle

"Marvelously engaging, at turns witty, dry, wicked, even loopy. Reading A Wild Sheep Chase is like spending a splendidly foul weekend with the Four Raymonds–Chandler, Carver, Massey, and Queneau."–Frederick Barthelme

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