The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is an astonishingly imaginative detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets from Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria ...

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 030776270X

Category: Fiction

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force—and one of Haruki Murakami’s most acclaimed and beloved novels. In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat—and then for his wife as well—in a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists. Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is an astonishingly imaginative detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets from Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria during World War II.

Representation of War and History in Murakami Haruki s the Wind Up Bird Chronicle

Author: Naoko Kakoi

Publisher: Open Dissertation Press

ISBN: 9781361479278

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This dissertation, "Representation of War and History in Murakami Haruki's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle" by Naoko, Kakoi, 栫直子, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. DOI: 10.5353/th_b3868278

Haruki Murakami s The Wind up Bird Chronicle

If you're studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, you'll find this guide informative and helpful. This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels.

Author: Matthew Strecher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441101462

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 102

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This is an excellent guide to Haruki Murakami's extraordinary novel. It features a biography of the author (including an interview), a full-length analysis of the novel, and a great deal more. If you're studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, you'll find this guide informative and helpful. This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from 'The Remains of the Day' to 'White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

At once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of buried secrets from World War II, this surreal mystery follows an unassuming “everyman,” Toru, as he searches for his wife, who’s inexplicably ...

Author: Stephen Earnhart

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 082223811X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 62

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At once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of buried secrets from World War II, this surreal mystery follows an unassuming “everyman,” Toru, as he searches for his wife, who’s inexplicably disappeared. Toru soon encounters a cast of strange characters, each with their own intriguing stories, who begin showing up in his dreams, opening doors to a hallucinatory world charged with sexuality and violence. As the lines between dreams and reality dissolve, Toru must confront the dark forces that exist inside him as part of his human nature.

The Wind up Bird Chronicle

A man named Toru Okada is searching the Tokyo suburbs for his wife's runaway cat, but soon finds himself searching for his missing wife as well.

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1329807529

Category: Fiction

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A man named Toru Okada is searching the Tokyo suburbs for his wife's runaway cat, but soon finds himself searching for his missing wife as well.

Vintage Fantasy

As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780099511403

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2 classic books for the price of 1: Vintage Fantasy is a limited edition gift pack which consists of beautifully designed separate volumes ofAlice's Adventures in Wonderlandby Lewis Carroll and Haruki Murakami's cult bestsellerThe Wind-up Bird Chronicle. Vintage Fantasy is just one of ten Vintage Classic Twins to collect. Each twin consists of two books: a specially designed limited edition of one modern classic title and one established classic work. The books in each pair have been carefully selected to provide a thought-provoking combination. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Alice is one of the most beloved characters of English writing. A bright and inquisitive child, one boring summer afternoon she follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole. At the bottom she finds herself in a bizarre world full of strange creatures, and attends a very strange tea party and croquet match. This immensely witty and unique story mixes satire and puzzles, comedy and anxiety, to provide an astute depiction of the experience of childhood. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle: Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

New York Magazine

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle BY HARUKI MURAKAMI Translated from the
Japanese by )ay Rubin Knopf; 624 pages; $25.95 THIS CERTAINLY HAS BEEN
A YEAR OF LARGE NOV- els, very large novels, even. Haruki Murakami's latest
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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Murakami Haruki

This book offers a new approach to dealing with Murakami's radical narrative project by demonstrating how his first and later trilogies utilize the structure of the simulacrum, a second-order representation, to develop a complex critique of ...

Author: Michael Seats

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739107850

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 364

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This book offers a new approach to dealing with Murakami's radical narrative project by demonstrating how his first and later trilogies utilize the structure of the simulacrum, a second-order representation, to develop a complex critique of contemporary Japanese culture.

VOICING THE TERRORS OF CONTEMP

Author: Tsz-Hin Samuel Chong

Publisher: Open Dissertation Press

ISBN: 9781361016114

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 60

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This dissertation, "Voicing the Terrors of Contemporary Japanese Society: Subjectivity, Sublime Terror, and History in Murakami Haruki's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle" by Tsz-hin, Samuel, Chong, 莊梓軒, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Despite the wide spectrum of subjects dealt with in its narrative, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami Haruki is a novel exploring the troubled state of subjectivity in contemporary Japan. Defined by internal void, detachment from the empirical experi-ence and loss of meaning and faith, human subjectivity is haunted by an unsettling desire for meaning in a late-capitalist society predominated by consumerism and sign-based economy. If the two incidents - the Subway Sarin Attack and the Kobe child murders - that plagued Japan in the second half in 1990s could be regarded as external markers of this long-repressed undercurrent of anxiety, perhaps it is able to say that The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, written slightly before the occurrence of these incidents, is very much a prescient work which anticipates the outburst of the anxiety before it has been expressed in a form of violence that brings unrecoverable trauma in reality. Explicit depictions of excessive violence in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle are rarely found in Murakami's previous works. While critical comments do not lack awareness to these features, the terror-provoking function of these devices is understated. In place of magical realism, this dissertation attempts to read the supernatural devices employed in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle through the prism of Gothic-postmodernism so as to examine the ways in which the anxiety resulting from the dissolution of subjectivity is represented and amplified by the use of classical Gothic tropes. These devices convey an experience of sublime terror in which the perceived integrity of human subjectivity is severely challenged. The discussion will also address the problematic representation of 'history' in the novel. Throughout the discussion, it will show that Murakami's melan-cholic, terror-provoking portrayal of our unwanted world performs an early-warning function, asking the reader to confront to and learn from the past in order to better face the future.

A Temporary Future The Fiction of David Mitchell

As Posadas suggests, it is also evident in Murakami's fiction, particularly The
WindUp Bird Chronicle (Nejimaki-dori kuronikuru, 1997), which serves as an “
intertextual doppelgänger” to Number9Dream as “the primary narratives in both
of the ...

Author: Patrick O'Donnell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441116133

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Having emerged as one the leading contemporary British writers, David Mitchell is rapidly taking his place amongst British novelists with the gravitas of an Ishiguro or a McEwan. Written for a wide constituency of readers of contemporary literature, A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell explores Mitchell's main concerns-including those of identity, history, language, imperialism, childhood, the environment, and ethnicity-across the six novels published so far, as well as his protean ability to write in multiple and diverse genres. It places Mitchell in the tradition of Murakami, Sebald, and Rushdie-writers whose works explore narrative in an age of globalization and cosmopolitanism. Patrick O'Donnell traces the through-lines of Mitchell's work from ghostwritten to The Bone Clocks and, with a chapter on each of the six novels, charts the evolution of Mitchell's fictional project.

Haruki Murakami

The Wind - Up Bird Chronicle o zire care to defeat his enemy , Noboru . Also ,
many of the characters in the novel are psychic , including Mr. Honda , Malta ,
and Creta . Creta describes herself as a " prostitute of the mind " and can enjoy
sex in ...

Author: Mark Mussari

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761441243

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 127

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Profiles the life and career of the award-winning Japanese author famous for works of both fiction and nonfiction.

Dance Dance Dance

A memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart, and when
she shows up, now a breathtaking beauty ... Fiction/Literature/0-375-71894-X
THE WIND-Up BIRD CHRONICLE The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is at SOUTH OF
THE ...

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307777685

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Dance Dance Dance—a follow-up to A Wild Sheep Chase—is a tense, poignant, and often hilarious ride through Murakami’s Japan, a place where everything that is not up for sale is up for grabs. As Murakami’s nameless protagonist searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, he is plunged into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread. In this propulsive novel, featuring a shabby but oracular Sheep Man, one of the most idiosyncratically brilliant writers at work today fuses together science fiction, the hardboiled thriller, and white-hot satire.

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

From the author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a tour-de-force of philosophical
speculation and metaphysical reality, with doppelgängers and stories-within-
stories and musical interludes and shifting identities. KAFKA ON THE SHORE A ...

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307777693

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami’s deep dive into the very nature of consciousness. Across two parallel narratives, Murakami draws readers into a mind-bending universe in which Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is a novel that is at once hilariously funny and a deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.

Underground

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1329807596

Category: Fiction

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Described as a work of "journalistic literature,"[1] Underground was originally published as a series of separate interviews Murakami conducted with 60 victims of the attacks and descriptions of how the attacks were carried out, along with his essay, "Blind Nightmare: Where Are We Japanese Going?" In 2000, an English translation was published which included interviews with 8 members of Aum.

It Feels Too Good to be Real

In this thesis, I examine two novels that comprise the bookends of what has been referred to as the "commitment" stage in Haruki Murakami's career: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1998), which is the novel that initially launched his advocacy ...

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In this thesis, I examine two novels that comprise the bookends of what has been referred to as the "commitment" stage in Haruki Murakami's career: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1998), which is the novel that initially launched his advocacy for commitment, and 1Q84 (2011), his most recently translated novel in English. While Murakami's earlier writings seemed to argue that the cohesive self is impossible because of the difficulty in negotiation the multifaceted (and often competing) constraints of the binary structures of East/West, traditional/modern, urban/rural, masculine/feminine, and gay/straight, these two texts mark a shift in the author's oeuvre towards attempting to engage with the world and those in it at all costs. Throughout this thesis, I argue that Murakami's advocacy for commitment is evident in the way that he eschews and subverts the aforementioned dualities, primarily through his use of queer notions of time and space. Because queer frameworks are also heavily invested in disrupting the distinctions of the binaries, my intervention into Murakami's work relies on queer theories of time, space, sexual embodiment, and Asian subjectivity. Ultimately, I discover that as Murakami progresses through the commitment stage of his career, he steers his characters through time and space that is progressively more liminal and queer, and as a result, his characters come closer and closer to achieving cohesive identities and connections to one another.

Wind Pinball Two Novellas

The two novellas capture the sometimes-surreal tale of two young men nearly coming into their own in cinematic scenes. Being the works that preceded them all, this can’t not be part of every Murakami-lovers library.

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1329807561

Category: Fiction

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The two novellas capture the sometimes-surreal tale of two young men nearly coming into their own in cinematic scenes. Being the works that preceded them all, this can’t not be part of every Murakami-lovers library.

First Person Singular

A mindbending new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami. The eight masterly stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator.

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473582377

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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A mindbending new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami. The eight masterly stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From nostalgic memories of youth, meditations on music, and an ardent love of baseball to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. Occasionally, a narrator who may or may not be Murakami himself is present. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides.

A Wild Haruki Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard - Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World are
said to show the strong influence of Kurt Vonnegut , Jr . , while Franz Kafka
appears to have influenced The Wind - Up Bird Chronicle . Murakami himself has
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Author: 国際交流基金

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Category: Literary Criticism

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"Youthful, slangy, political, and allegorical, Murakami is a writer who seems to be aware of every current American novel and popular song. Yet . . . [A Wild Sheep Chase] is clearly rooted in modern Japan." --The New York Times "In every society, Murakami's works are first accepted as texts that assuage the political disillusionment, romantic impulses, loneliness, and emptiness of readers. Only later do they fully realize that the author was born in Japan and that the books are actually translations." --Inuhiko Yomota, Meiji Gakuen University Jay Rubin, Richard Powers, Kim Choon Mie, Inuhiko Yomota, Roland Kelts, Shozo Fujii, Shinya Machida, Ivan Sergeevich Logatchov, Koichi Oi, Issey Ogata With a special essay on translation by Haruki Murakami Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's best-selling books, including Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and Kafka on the Shore, have been translated into over forty languages. His dreamlike prose delights readers across borders and datelines. What lies behind this phenomenal international appeal? The Japan Foundation asked novelists, translators, artists, and critics from around the world to answer this question. A Wild Haruki Chase presents their intriguing findings. Neuroscience, revolution, a secret Chinese connection . . . you'll never read Murakami the same way again. Includes a full-color review of book covers from around the world!

Qualitative Inquiry in Everyday Life

... with my doctoral dissertation, and Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird
Chronicle as I had become an adult, a father, and was looking for more poetic,
serene, but still fundamentally melancholic resources from which to experience
the world.

Author: Svend Brinkmann

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446290867

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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This book is a 'survival guide' for students and researchers who would like to conduct a qualitative study with limited resources. Brinkmann shows how everyday life materials such as books, television, the internet, the media and everyday conversations and interactions can help us to understand larger social issues. As living human beings in cultural worlds, we are constantly surrounded by 'data' that call for analysis, and as we cope with the different situations and episodes of our lives, we are engaged in understanding and interpreting the world as a form of qualitative inquiry. The book helps its reader develop a disciplined and analytic awareness informed by theory, and shows how less can be more in qualitative research. Each chapter introduces theoretical tools to think with, and demonstrates how they can be put to use in working concretely with everyday life materials.

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature

A number of his novels are available in English translation, notably Hard-Boiled
Wonderland and the End of the World (Sekai no owari to hado-boirudo
wanddrando, 1985) and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Nejimaki- dori kuronikuru,
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Author: J. Thomas Rimer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231518178

Category: Literary Criticism

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In Volume 2 of Columbia's comprehensive anthology of modern Japanese literature, thoughtfully selected and carefully translated readings portray the vast changes that have transformed Japanese culture since the end of the Pacific War. Beginning with the Allied Occupation in 1945 and concluding with the early twenty-first century, these stories, poems, plays, and essays reflect Japan's heady transition from poverty to prosperity, its struggle with conflicting ideologies and political beliefs, and the growing influence of popular culture on the country's artistic and intellectual traditions. Organized chronologically and by genre within each period, readings include fiction by Hayashi Fumiko and Oe Kenzaburo; poems by Ayukawa Nobuo, Katsura Nobuko, and Saito Fumi; plays by Mishima Yukio and Shimizu Kunio; and a number of essays, among them Eto Jun on Natsume Soseki and his brilliant novel Kokoro (The Heart of Things), and Kawabata Yasunari on the shape of his literary career and the enduring influence of classical Japanese literature. Some authors train a keen eye on the contemporary world, while others address the historical past and its relationship to modern culture. Some adopt an even broader scope and turn to European models for inspiration, while others look inward, exploring psychological and sexual terrain in new, often daring ways. Spanning almost six decades, this anthology provides a thorough introduction to a profound period of creative activity.