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A dazzling new collection of short stories - the internationally bestselling author's first collection for over a decade.

'I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.'

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

Reviews

Supremely enjoyable, philosophical and pitch-perfect new collection of short stories. . . Murakami has a marvellous understanding of youth and age - and the failings of each

Observer

A collection like Men Without Women [restores] my faith...in how utterly perfect [short stories] can be... each of the seven stories here… a gem in and of its own right, but strung together they’re a sparkling strand of precious stones, the light refracted from each equally brilliant but the tones varying subtly.

Independent

Murakami writes of complex things with his usual beguiling simplicity. . . Strangely invigorating to read. . . It is Murakami at his whimsical, romantic best

Financial Times

Calculatedly provocative. . ., the stories offer sweet-sour meditations on human solitude and a yearning to connect. . . Murakami, always inventive, is one of the finest popular writers at work today

Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

Written with all the cats, spaghetti, humor, and gentle surrealism we might expect . . . Men Without Women is a funny, lovely, unmistakably Murakami collection of seven stories about the lives of people trying to find their place in the world and reckoning with their pasts

Buzzfeed

A disconcertingly funny portrait of modern loneliness

Hayley Maitland, Vogue

Self-schooled and uncontaminated by writerly edicts, the 68-year-old presents subjects directly on a platter before the reader. . . but stirs up all kinds of themes and truths in the allegorical mud through his gentle, almost conversational style

Hilary A White, Irish Independent

One of the finest pieces of short-form writing I have enjoyed in many years… If the familiar way of Haruki Murakami are an enthusiasm, there is plenty here to divert the aficionado, but he also takes a turn into riskier territory that could well coax new readers into his distinctive world

Keith Bruce, Herald

Moments of melancholy and humour mix with acute observation in the latest offering by Japan’s master storyteller

Angel Gurría-Quintana, Financial Times

A man who starves to death for love, a woman who claims she used to be a lamprey eel, a mysterious whiskey drinker who scares away gangsters – it is the secondary characters who truly come alive in these tales. Peppered with strange women and passive men, unexpected suicides and cats, these vignettes will leave readers questioning, and linger in the mind

India Stoughton

Elegant. . . Vintage Murakami. . . A glimpse into the strange worlds people invent by the always inventive Murakami

Kirkus

A subtle, always interesting collection

Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday

The dreamlike quality of the stories in Men Without Women is undoubtedly one of its chief attractions… Murakami’s womenless men live in perpetual daydreams, a state of mind often prompted by a loss of some kind… Murakami’s latest is a hypnotising study of male loneliness

Brad Davies, Independent

Astonishing

Grazia

A solid collection and a decent entry point to Murakami with a crisp take on love that should please fans

Liverpool Echo

It’s a rather delightful foray into the surreal

Lucy Scholes, Belfast Telegraph Morning

Murakami still has something to say… A solid collection, this is a decent entry point to Murakami and should please fans

Keeley Bolger, UK Press Syndication

Marked by the same wry humour that has defined his work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic

Week

Just as Hemingway’s tales of bullfighters, boxers and soldiers were fit for men living in the turbulent world of the 1920s, Murakami’s speak to the confusion and loneliness felt by many living in 2017

Gareth Rees, AskMenUK

Gorgeously crafted… If you like Murakami and his usual shtick… you will find much to enjoy, and much that surprises you, here

iNews

Haruki Murakami is a master of the open-ended mystery… Drawn to the abiding strangeness and unfathomability of life. His meandering, mesmerising tales of profound alienation are driven by puzzling circumstances that neither his characters not readers can crack

Heller McAlpin, Washington Post

These elegant stories are poignant and inventive

Mail on Sunday

It’s easy to forget… what a masterful writer he is... The interplay of sadness and heartache with moments of humour and surrealness are what make him the writer he is… Subtle, playful and nuanced. It is a subversive, almost existential look at relationships between men and women, one that plays with and even does away with the toxic masculinity of Hemingway’s work

Nikesh Shukla

This scrutiny of both misogyny and the loss of male virility is delicately handled by Murakami, who manages to bring just enough of the surreal into the story without drawing too much attention to itself or indeed what it is he is trying to do. This is the magic of Murakami… Murakami’s prose throughout is, unsurprisingly, beautiful. He writes with his signature stripped down sparsity that nonetheless never loses warmth of becomes too conspicuous. His dialogue is natural and believable and he has truly mastered the ability to write simply about complex and nuanced themes

Nicholas Tufnell, Dante Magazine

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Formats & editions

Also by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
Kafka On The Shore
Desire
Absolutely on Music
Wind/ Pinball
The Strange Library
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Murakami Diary
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
After Dark
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Birthday Stories
Underground
South of the Border, West of the Sun
The Elephant Vanishes
Dance Dance Dance
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
A Wild Sheep Chase
After the Quake
Sputnik Sweetheart
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
Uncommon Type
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Norwegian Wood
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Girl on the Train
The Thirst
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home