Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart

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Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.

Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 170g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 0
  • 0099448475
  • 9780099448471
  • 2,389

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Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of "Norwegian Wood and "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.
A college student, identified only as "K," falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments-until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, "K" is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.
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A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors
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Confirms Murakami as a master of his craft... Out of this world * Time Out * Murakami has been compared to everyone from Raymond Carver to Raymond Chandler - which should tell you only one thing: he's unique * Independent * A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors * Sunday Herald * How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration * Independent on Sunday * Sputnik Sweetheart has touched me deeper and pushed me further than anything I've read in a long time -- Julie Myerson * Guardian *
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About Haruki Murakami

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers' award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami's unique and addictive fictional universe.

Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry. In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami's place as one of the world's most acclaimed and well-loved writers.
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Rating details

88,107 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 23% (20,700)
4 42% (37,265)
3 28% (24,536)
2 5% (4,836)
1 1% (770)

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This book is like poetry. I can't say I've ever experienced such strong sensory feedback reading a novel before. I could see the streets, smell the smells. Towards the end of the book I became incredibly tense, barely able to breathe, anticipating what might happen to the characters. In some ways, this author seems like a Japanese Kurt Vonnegut in terms of writing style. This is the first novel of his I've read, but I'm about to start another. The aim of the book ...more This book is like poetry. I can't say I've ever experienced such strong sensory feedback reading a novel before. I could see the streets, smell the smells. Towards the end of the book I became incredibly tense, barely able to breathe, anticipating what might happen to the characters. In some ways, this author seems like a Japanese Kurt Vonnegut in terms of writing style. This is the first novel of his I've read, but I'm about to start another. The aim of the book in many ways seems to be to leave you unsettled and questioning your understanding of the story. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I love that sort of thing ;-) Don't read the ending just before sleep, you'll be up all night pondering the nature of reality (this is not hyperbole, it happened to me!)show more
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