Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky... A bewitching and wildly inventive novel from a master stylist
Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy.
The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.
As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle, one of many which combine to create one of Murakami's most elegant and dreamlike masterpieces.
“Cool, fluent and addictive”
“Murakami's most addictive fix to date”
“Engrossing and wildly inventive”
Times Literary Supplement
“Murakami's exquisitely simple prose and deft evocation of the surreal are captivating and sublime.”