Kafka On The ShoreKafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy.
The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.
As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle - one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece.
“Wonderful... Magical and outlandish”
- Daily Mail
“A magnificently bewildering achievement... Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot... Exuberant storytelling”
- Independent on Sunday
“Murakami's exquisitely simple prose and deft evocation of the surreal are captivating and sublime.”
- Sunday Times
“The mysteries are never tainted by explanation, merely beautifully described, delivering a hypnotic read”
- Jamie Sims - Times Higher Education Supplement