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South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel

Category: Book
Translated By: Gabriel, Philip
By (author): Murakami, Haruki
Series: Vintage International
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Pacific Rim
  FICTION / Psychological
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: March 2000
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.00in x 5.14in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime-beginning in Japanese-has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime's happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.
 
In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life-with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment-becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. When Shimamoto shows up one rainy night, now a breathtaking beauty with a secret from which she is unable to escape, the fault lines of doubt in Hajime's quotidian existence begin to give way. And the details of stolen moments past and present-a Nat King Cole melody, a face pressed against a window, a handful of ashes drifting downriver to the sea-threaten to undo him completely. Rich, mysterious, quietly dazzling, South of the Border, West of the Sun is Haruki Murakami's wisest and most compelling work.
Review Quote*"A wise and beautiful book."-The New York Times Book Review

"A probing meditation on human fragility, the grip of obsession, and the impenetrable, erotically charged enigma that is the other."-The New York Times

"Brilliant. . . . A mesmerizing new example of Murakami's deeply original fiction."-The Baltimore Sun

"Lovely, deceptively simple. . . . A novel of existential romance."-San Francisco Chronicle

"His most deeply moving novel."-The Boston Globe

"Mesmerizing. . . . This is a harrowing, a disturbing, a hauntingly brilliant tale."-The Baltimore Sun

"A fine, almost delicate book about what is unfathomable about us."-The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Portrayed in a fluid language that veers from the vernacular . . . to the surprisingly poetic."-San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"Haunting and natural. . . . South of the Border, West of the Sun so smoothly shifts the reader from mundane concerns into latent madness as to challenge one's faith in the material world . . . contains passages that are among his finest."-The New York Observer

"Haruki Murakami applies his patented Japanese magic realism–minimalist, smooth and transcendently odd–to a charming tale of childhood love lost."-New York
Biographical NoteHaruki Murakami lives in Oiso, Japan, just outside of Tokyo.