A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Murakami, Haruki
Series: Vintage International
Subject:  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Magical Realism
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
  FICTION / Pacific Rim
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: April 2002
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation.

It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.
Review Quote*"Murakami is a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman."-New York Times Book Review

"A delight . . . equal parts screwball comedy, detective story, and heroic quest."-USA Today

"A witty adventure . . . a piece of verbal anarchy . . . a labyrinthine mystery from start to finish."-San Francisco Chronicle

"Marvelously engaging, at turns witty, dry, wicked, even loopy. Reading A Wild Sheep Chase is like spending a splendidly foul weekend with the Four Raymonds–Chandler, Carver, Massey, and Queneau."–Frederick Barthelme
Biographical NoteBorn in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949, Haruki Murakami grew up in Kobe and now lives near Tokyo. The most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages.