Vintage Murakami

Vintage Classics are reissuing three iconic Murakami novels in a beautifully eclectic and strange hardback series.

Each book carries a uniquely designed cover, illustrated by a Japanese artist, and will include a new introduction from Murakami himself.

These three books are perfect gift editions for fans of one of popular culture’s most enduring and celebrated writers. Designed to be beautifully mesmerising and evocative of Murakami’s slice of Japan, they will also appeal to those who have yet to enter the strange and surreal world of his books.

"Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade." — Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kafka On The Shore

Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle - one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece.

Norwegian Wood

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared. His wife is growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has recently been receiving.

As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.