Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin. First American edition. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.; 611 pages. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Review: Bad things come in threes for Toru Okada. He loses his job, his cat disappears, and then his wife fails to return from work. His search for his wife (and his cat) introduces him to a bizarre collection of characters, including two psychic sisters, a possibly unbalanced teenager, an old soldier who witnessed the massacres on the Chinese mainland at the beginning of the Second World War, and a very shady politician.
Haruki Murakami is a master of subtly disturbing prose. Mundane events throb with menace, while the bizarre is accepted without comment. Meaning always seems to be just out of reach, for the reader as well as for the characters, yet one is drawn inexorably into a mystery that may have no solution. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is an extended meditation on themes that appear throughout Murakami's earlier work. The tropes of popular culture, movies, music, detective stories, combine to create a work that explores both the surface and the hidden depths of Japanese society at the end of the 20th century.
If it were possible to isolate one theme in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, that theme would be responsibility. The atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China keep rising to the surface like a repressed memory, and Toru Okada himself is compelled by events to take responsibility for his actions and struggle with his essentially passive nature. If Toru is supposed to be a Japanese Everyman, steeped as he is in Western popular culture and ignorant of the secret history of his own nation, this novel paints a bleak picture. Like the winding up of the titular bird, Murakami slowly twists the gossamer threads of his story into something of considerable weight. --Simon Leake
Título: Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
Año de publicación: 1997
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Descripción Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. Dust Cover Missing. Nº de ref. de la librería G0679446699I5N01
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0679446699
Descripción Estado de conservación: acceptable. 1021 Gramm. Nº de ref. de la librería M00679446699-B
Descripción Estado de conservación: Acceptable. Book Condition: Acceptable. Nº de ref. de la librería 97806794466995.0
Descripción Knopf 1997-10-21, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: good. First Edition. 0679446699. Nº de ref. de la librería 551355
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 1st Edition. g+/vg first US print/edition hardcover in mylar protected dust jacket. board edges worn, bottom corners lightly dented, o/w nice copy with no marks, not remaindered, not exlib, not book club, dj price intact, first edition stated, nap. fiction hardcover. Nº de ref. de la librería 3909
Descripción Alfred a Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. A few small marks to the page edges. Slight foxing to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0007498540
Descripción Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A., 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 1st American Edition. Knopf title - "First American Edition" stated is 1st printing, top corner of rear board lightly bumped, light rubbing to top/bottom of spine and bottom corners of boards, a crease to half title page, dj shows very light edge wear with a tiny scuff to bottom center of rear panel - no tears, chips, creases and original price intact. Nº de ref. de la librería FSR-1181-B
Descripción Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, 1997. Hard cover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 611 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Very good in very good dust jacket. Nº de ref. de la librería Alibris.0006694
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Nº de ref. de la librería P020679446699