'Casablanca remade Japanese-style': a moving, thoughtful story of long-lost love and second chances
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.
"A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful...it is startlingly different: a true original" * Guardian * "Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem" * The Times * "This wise and beautiful book is full of hidden truths" * New York Times * "This book aches...an eloquent treatise on the vertiginous, irrational powers of love and desire" * Independent on Sunday * "Impressively written and structured... Above all, the novel is memorable for its unflinchingly extreme treatment of romantic love" * Times Literary Supplement *