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About the book
  • Published: 1 November 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099448471
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $26.99

Sputnik Sweetheart




A mystery story about love, the cosmos and other fictional universes

Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.

Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished...

  • Pub date: 1 November 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099448471
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Haruki Murakami

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami’s unique and addictive fictional universe.

Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry. In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami’s place as one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

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Praise for Sputnik Sweetheart

“How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration”

Independent on Sunday

“A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors”

Sunday Herald

“Murakami has been compared to everyone from Raymond Carver to Raymond Chandler - which should tell you only one thing: he's unique”

Independent


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