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.
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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 Estado de conservación: Acceptable. Well-loved Book. May have markings, water damage, missing jacket/CDs/supplemental materials, and heavy wear. Stock photo may be different from actual cover. Nº de ref. de la librería 4EKGRJ000JM7
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0679446699
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 Knopf 1997-10-21, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: good. First Edition. 0679446699. Nº de ref. de la librería 551355
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, New York, 1997. Hardcover. Second printing. Near fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. A trace of edge wear, rubbing, else fine. No markings or inscriptions, no remainder mark. A bright, clean and attractive copy of this title, a novel many consider to be the author's best. Nº de ref. de la librería 01040
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. 1st edition, 1st printing hardback in unclipped dustjacket. Book in near fine condition, with no inscriptions, slight pushing at top of spine. Jacket bright with some creasing to top rear. Not a book club edition, ex library or a remainder. Scans available on request. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE-1491658565489
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
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Estado de conservación: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Nº de ref. de la librería 0679446699-2-4
Descripción New York Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1998, 1998. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. First Edition, second printing (Stated - November 1997, one month after first printing). Publisher's illustrated paper-covered boards and spine. Clear, removable, archival protective Brodart sleeve fitted to dust-jacket. Octavo. pp. , 614. A book in Near Fine condition in a Fine dust-jacket which is not price-clipped. Nº de ref. de la librería 100742