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  • Published: 19 November 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787304475
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $55.00

The City and Its Uncertain Walls




The breathtaking new novel about the boundaries between worlds and individuals, from the internationally bestselling author of 1Q84.

When a young man’s girlfriend mysteriously vanishes, he sets his heart on finding the imaginary city where her true self lives. His search will lead him to take a job in a remote library with mysteries of its own.

When he finally makes it to the walled city, a shadowless place of horned beasts and willow trees, he finds his beloved working in a different library – a dream library. But she has no memory of their life together in the other world and, as the lines between reality and fantasy start to blur, he must decide what he’s willing to lose.

A love story, a quest, an ode to books and to the libraries that house them, The City and Its Uncertain Walls is a parable for these strange times.

  • Published: 19 November 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787304475
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $55.00

About the author

Haruki Murakami

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was twenty-nine 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 The City and Its Uncertain Walls

It’s safe to say that there’s no one like Murakami.

Literary Review

No other author mixes domestic, fantastic and esoteric elements into such weirdly bewitching shades.

Financial Times

Murakami is a master storyteller and he knows how to keep us hooked

Sunday Times

Beguilingly enigmatic...Murakami blends science fiction, gothic novel, noir mystery, horror, and coming-of-age story... deftly weaves ordinary reality—"something you have to choose by yourself, out of several possible alternatives"—with a shadow world that is at once eerie and beautiful. Astonishing, puzzling, and hallucinatory as only Murakami can be, and one of his most satisfying tales.

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Beguilingly enigmatic...Murakami blends science fiction, gothic novel, noir mystery, horror, and coming-of-age story... deftly weaves ordinary reality—"something you have to choose by yourself, out of several possible alternatives"—with a shadow world that is at once eerie and beautiful. Astonishing, puzzling, and hallucinatory as only Murakami can be, and one of his most satisfying tales.

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review