Murakami fans will no doubt delight in this new publication. For newcomers, these early works are an excellent introduction to a writer who has since become one of the most influential novelists of his generation
Hannah Beckerman, Observer
Murakami’s way of making emotionally resonant images and symbols bump around on the page, and in one’s mind, remains fresh, miraculously, more than 35 years on
Jerome Boyd Maunsell, Evening Standard
Wind/Pinball is a fresh, heart-warming dose of the Japanese master
To read a Murakami book is to feel comforted by the familiarity and predictability of its strangeness. These are Murakami’s two earliest novels and so, like archaeological artefacts, they detail the early construction of his now-famous style.
Claire Kohda Hazelton, The Times Literary Supplement
quintessential Murakami… an excellent introduction to a writer who has since become one of the most influential novelists of his generation
Guardian, Hannah Beckerman
This two-for-the-price-of-one hardback really is something special… The decorative covers are exquisite, but it is the literature between them that cemented Murakami as one of the world’s most celebrated writers
Dan Lewis, Travel Guide
Early Murakami isn’t Murakami-in-the-making, it’s already and entirely Murakami
Ian Sansom, Guardian
bizarre and often surreal, these stories act as an intriguing exploration into Murakami’s wacky mind and thought processes
Wind/Pinball makes a great introduction to Murakami for new readers, and is a real treat for long-time fans
Brendan Wright, Nudge
From the very beginning, it seems, Murakami has had the ability to make a story in which nothing happens seem completely irresistible. And to make almost any degree of bizarreness seem completely natural
Both are honest and witty novels, colourfully written as ever, and come highly recommended to Murakami fans.
Luke Owain Boult, Buzz
The introduction alone makes Wind Pinball worth reading… Two perfectly shaped novellas, as experimental and pleasantly offbeat as they are easy to enjoy in Ted Goosen’s crystalline translation… Both tales showcase the loneliness and erotic pull that paint the sets of so many of Murakami’s surreal stages.
Nora Mahony, Irish Times
Which other author can remind you simultaneously of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and JK Rowling, not merely within the same chapter but on the same page?