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1Q84

Written by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel


Format: Hardcover, 944 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $30.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-59331-3 (0-307-59331-2)

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears... Read more >
Also available as a boxed set, eBook and a trade paperback.

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1Q84

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 1184 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47646-3 (0-307-47646-4)

“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers. . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that... Read more >
Also available as a boxed set, eBook and a hardcover.

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After Dark

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 29, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27873-9 (0-307-27873-5)

A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.

Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka on the Shore... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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After the Quake
Stories
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71327-9 (0-375-71327-1)

The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9608-4 (1-4000-9608-1)

From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicles comes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
A novel
Written by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Philip Gabriel


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35210-9 (0-385-35210-7)

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a... Read more >

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Dance Dance Dance

Written by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Alfred Birnbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75379-7 (0-679-75379-6)

In this propulsive novel, one of the most brilliant writers at work in any language fuses science fiction, the hard-boiled thriller, and white-hot satire into a new element of the literary periodic table. As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, Murakami's protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Elephant Vanishes
Stories
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75053-6 (0-679-75053-3)

With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation he has brought to his internationally acclaimed novels Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74346-0 (0-679-74346-4)

In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan's most popular, and controversial, fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the Edge of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kafka on the Shore

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7927-8 (1-4000-7927-6)

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Norwegian Wood

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70402-4 (0-375-70402-7)

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Norwegian Wood (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95062-8 (0-307-95062-X)

A special movie-tie in edition for the long-awaited film release based on this beloved novel by Haruki Murakami: the story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, a journey to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo... Read more >

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South of the Border, West of the Sun
A Novel
Written by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Philip Gabriel


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76739-8 (0-679-76739-8)

Hajime--"Beginning" in Japanese--was an atypical only child growing up in a conventional middle-class suburb. Shimamoto, herself an only child, was cool and self-possessed, precocious in the extreme. After school these childhood sweethearts would listen to records, hold hands, and talk about their future. Then, despite themselves, in the way peculiar to... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sputnik Sweetheart

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72605-7 (0-375-72605-5)

Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.

A college student, identified only as “K,” falls in love... Read more >
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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38983-1 (0-307-38983-9)

"[What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is] a graceful explanation of Mr. Murakami's intertwining obsessions, conveyed with his characteristic ability to draw unexpected connections. Running may be a matter of placing one foot in front of the other on the ground, but, as is so often the case... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Wild Sheep Chase
A Novel
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71894-6 (0-375-71894-X)

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... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
A Novel
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77543-0 (0-679-77543-9)

Haruki Murakami has emerged as the most significant Japanese novelist in decades. And with this hugely ambitious book—a true magnum opus, equal in scope and execution to Mishima’s The Sea of Fertility—he will take his place in the international pantheon of contemporary literature. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is many things: the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Tale of Genji

Written by Shikibu Murasaki


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72953-2 (0-679-72953-4)

In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, wrote the world's first novel. But The Tale of Genji is no mere artifact. It is, rather, a lively and astonishingly nuanced portrait of a refined society where every dalliance is an act of political consequence; a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Evil and the Mask

Written by Fuminori Nakamura
Translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates


Format: Hardcover, 356 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-212-9 (1-61695-212-1)

The second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The Thief─another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity─and the powerful human instinct to resist evil.

When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Thief

Written by Fuminori Nakamura
Translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-202-0 (1-61695-202-4)

Winner of the 2010 Oe Prize, Japan

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn’t even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him, nameless faces from whom he... Read more >
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Nineteen Eighty
The Red Riding Quartet, Book Three
Written by David Peace


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45512-3 (0-307-45512-2)

Continuing the narrative begun with Nineteen Seventy-Four and Nineteen Seventy-Seven, this electrifying third installment of David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet demonstrates a skill that goes above and beyond the limits of the genre.

While Yorkshire is terrorized by the Ripper, the corrupt police continue to prosper. To give the case some new... Read more >
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Nineteen Eighty-Three
The Red Riding Quartet, Book Four
Written by David Peace


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45513-0 (0-307-45513-0)

In Nineteen Eighty-Three, David Peace brings his astonishing series of riveting, gritty crime novels to a shocking conclusion. With three separate narrators whose paths are on a collision course, Peace makes a dark study of perverted justice, retribution, and urban decay. Maurice Jobson is a Yorkshire cop whose greed and corruption... Read more >

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Nineteen Seventy-Seven
The Red Riding Quartet, Book Two
Written by David Peace


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45509-3 (0-307-45509-2)

David Peace's acclaimed Red Riding Quartet continues with this exhilarating follow-up to Nineteen Seventy-Four. It's summer in Leeds and the city is anxiously awaiting the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Detective Bob Fraser and Jack Whitehead, a reporter at the Post, however, have other things on their minds-mainly the fact that... Read more >

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Tokyo Year Zero

Written by David Peace


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27650-6 (0-307-27650-3)

It's August 1946—one year after the Japanese surrender—and women are turning up dead all over Tokyo. Detective Minami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police—irreverent, angry, despairing—goes on the hunt for a killer known as the Japanese Bluebeard—a decorated former Imperial soldier who raped and murdered at least ten women amidst the turmoil... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paradise

Written by Koji Suzuki
Translated by Tyran Grillo


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-932234-23-7 (1-932234-23-3)

What if your soul mate isn’t encountered once in a lifetime but once in millennia?

From the unique imagination of the author of the Ring trilogy, which inspired blockbuster films on both sides of the Pacific, comes an unconventional love story that finds the Japanese master delivering a pure page-turner outside... Read more >
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