First Person Singular

Category: Book
By (author): Murakami, Haruki
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Magical Realism
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: April 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 8.28in x 5.24in x 1.05in
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From The Publisher*A riveting new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami.

The eight masterful stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator, a lonely man. Some of them (like "With the Beatles," "Cream" and "On a Stone Pillow") are nostalgic looks back at youth. Others are set in adulthood--"Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova," "Carnaval," "Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey" and the title story, "First Person Singular." Occasionally, a narrator who may or may not be Haruki himself is present, as in "The Yakult Swallows Poetry Collection." Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides. The stories touch beautifully on love and loss, childhood and death . . . all with a signature Murakami twist.
Review Quote*"Murakami's engrossing collection offers a crash course in his singular style and vision, blending passion for music and baseball and nostalgia for youth with portrayals of young love and moments of magical realism. . . . Murakami's gift for evocative, opaque magical realism shines. . . . These shimmering stories are testament to Murakami's talent and enduring creativity." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Whether in his epic-scale novels or in his shorter works, much of Murakami's appeal has always come from the beguiling way in which his characters react to wildly fantastical events in the most matter-of-fact manner, ever ready to accept how the twists and turns of everyday life can blend into more audacious alternate realities. . . . The glue that holds together Murakami's blending realities-in these stories and, indeed, in all of his fiction-is always the narrator's love for something (a woman, a song, a baseball team, a moment in the past) that is both life-giving and deeply melancholic. Masterful short fiction." -Booklist (starred review)

"A new collection of stories from the master of the strange, enigmatic twist of plot. . . . Music is never far from a Murakami yarn, though always with an unexpected turn. . . . An essential addition to any Murakami fan's library." -Kirkus (starred review)
Biographical NoteHARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera and V. S. Naipaul. Translated by Philip Gabriel.