With severed gills and heads, the sea bream—lives spent / in a lacquered wooden bowl, waiting / on the sullied hands of men—in example / of The Resurrection of Christ, wake from death.
The novelist’s latest imagines an apocalypse that feels all too likely.
Haruki Murakami combines love, pain and the profoundly weird in his novel Sputnik Sweetheart.
From his earliest spare fictions, Hear the Wind Sing and Norwegian Wood, through his recent, steadily more baroque and textured novels, A Wild Sheep Chase, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Dance Dance Dance, Haruki Murakami nudged contemporary realism into fable…
Murakami’s expert manipulation of the mundane into the magical has made him one of the most ubiquitous voices in contemporary fiction.
A Tale of the Squid Falling Night
I. In one section of the sea, only there,
We, the Zipangu1 People
The island, draped in golden clouds,
like the Lord Buddha almost sitting in this city