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    DescriptionWhen a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset; a couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's; a woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden; an insomniac wife wakes up to a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of the stories that make up The Elephant Vanishes, Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal. He has a deadpan genius for dislocating realities to uncover the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary in the ordinary.


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    Title
    The Elephant Vanishes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Haruki Murakami
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099448754
    ISBN 10: 0099448750
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN, SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    DC21: 895.635
    Libri: JAPA5010
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYB
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    01 December 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty 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.
    Review quote
    "How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration" Independent on Sunday "Enchanting...intriguing... All of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone" Wall Street Journal "All the stories take place in parallel worlds not so much remote from ordinary life as hidden within its surfaces: secret alleys that afford unexpected - and unsettling - views" New York Times "Like the best thriller fiction, it nags you with the sensation that Something Nasty is about to happen" Sunday Times "Most collections of short stories work by the interplay of different voices. This one offers the more satisfying rewards of a novel: unity of tone and a richness of recurring detail that creates its own texture: spaghetti, lawns, hamburgers, beer-drinking, kid sisters, Sunday afternoons, a man's name" Independent
    Review text
    Most collections of short stories work by the interplay of different voices. This one offers the more satisfying rewards of a novel: unity of tone and a richness of recurring detail that creates its own texture: spaghetti, lawns, hamburgers, beer-drinking, kid sisters, Sunday afternoons, a man's name
    Back cover copy
    When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset. A couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's. A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal. 'Enchanting...intriguing... All of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone' Wall Street Journal 'All the stories take place in parallel worlds not so much remote from ordinary life as hidden within its surfaces: secret alleys that afford unexpected - and unsettling - views' New York Times 'Most collections of short stories work by the interplay of different voices. This one offers the more satisfying rewards of a novel: unity of tone and a richness of recurring detail that creates its own texture: spaghetti, lawns, hamburgers, beer-drinking, kid sisters, Sunday afternoons, a man's name' Independent