The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
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With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald's in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard.

By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami's ability to cross the border between separate realities -- and to come back bearing treasure.


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About Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 11, 2010 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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and "The Second Bakery Attack," in which a young married couple rob a McDonald's of 30 Big Macs in order to exorcise the sense of a "weird presence" in their lives--all exemplify Murakami's sense of the fragility of the ordinary world.

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A popular Japanese novelist who lives in New Jersey but sets his fictions in Japan, Murakami ( A Wild Sheep Chase ) invests everyday events with surreal overtones to create 17 disturbing existential c

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The virtuoso Japanese novelist presents 17 playful and darkly comic existentialist conundrums.

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A popular Japanese novelist who lives in New Jersey but sets his fictions in Japan, Murakami ( A Wild Sheep Chase ) invests everyday events with surreal overtones to create 17 disturbing existential conundrums.

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The Independent

This one offers the more satisfying rewards of a novel: unity of tone (despite shifting narrators) and a richness of recurring detail that creates its own texture: spaghetti, lawns, hamburgers, beer-drinking, kid sisters, Sunday afternoons, a man's name (almost the only name) that appears various...

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The Independent

Murakami's suburban types eat bad spaghetti, drink beer, protest against their boring jobs and sometimes jack them in, but this seeming familiariy only makes the occasional reminders of Japan's remoteness more striking.

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Project MUSE

With The Elephant Vanishes, McBurney finds his inspiration in a volume of collected stories by Haruki Murakami, and a five-year span of workshops conducted with actors from Tokyo's Setagaya Public Theatre.

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