Au cours d'un voyage en avion, le narrateur entend une chanson des Beatles : Norwegian Wood. Instantanément, il replonge dans le souvenir d'un amour vieux de dix-huit ans. Quand il était lycéen, son meilleur ami, Kizuki, s'est suicidé. Kizuki avait une amie, Naoko. Ils étaient amoureux. Un an après ce suicide, le narrateur retrouve Naoko. Elle est incertaine et angoissée, il l'aime ainsi. Une nuit, elle lui livre son secret, puis disparaît. Hommage aux amours enfuies, La Ballade de l'impossible est un magnifique roman aux résonances autobiographiques, d'une tendresse et d'une intensité érotique saisissantes.
« Murakami place son roman sous la tutelle de Salinger et de Fitzgerald. [.] Il mêle la grâce à la noirceur avec une subtilité et une élégance qui sont, définitivement, la marque des grands écrivains.» Raphaëlle Leyris, Les Inrockuptibles
Le 1er avril 1978, Murakami décide de vendre son club de jazz pour écrire un roman. Assis à sa table, il fume soixante cigarettes par jour et commence à prendre du poids. S'impose alors la nécessité d'une discipline et de la pratique intensive de la course à pied. Ténacité, capacité de concentration et talent : telles sont les qualités requises d'un romancier. La course à pied lui permet de cultiver sa patience, sa persévérance. Courir devient une métaphore de son travail d'écrivain. Courir est aussi un moyen de mieux se connaître, de découvrir sa véritable nature. On se met à l'épreuve de la douleur, on surmonte la souffrance. Corps et esprit sont intrinsèquement liés.
Le narrateur, un informaticien de très haut niveau, qui effectue des missions spéciales, apporte un jour sa collaboration à un vieux savant dont le laboratoire se situe dans les sous-sols obscurs d'un immeuble. Dès lors, il est entraîné dans une aventure terrifiante. Parallèlement à ce Hard-boiled wonderland, interviennent en alternance les chapitres de La Fin des temps : le narrateur se trouve prisonnier d'une ville onirique, peuplée de licornes au pelage doré. Les deux intrigues se rejoindront finalement. De même que son personnage flirte avec d'anodines jeunes filles, Haruki Murakami courtise ici le mythe - ce qui nous vaut une fable d'une prenante étrangeté. Ce roman a obtenu au Japon le prix Tanizaki.
B>Some novelists hold a mirror up to the world and some, like Haruki Murakami, use the mirror as a portal to a universe hidden beyond it. --The Wall Street Journal/b>br>b> /b>br>b>A mind-bending new collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami./b>br>br>The eight stories in this new book are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From memories of youth, meditations on music, and an ardent love of baseball, to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. Occasionally, a narrator may or may not be Murakami himself. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides. br>br>Philosophical and mysterious, the stories in First Person Singular all touch beautifully on love and solitude, childhood and memory. . . all with a signature Murakami twist.
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are lovesick doctors, students, ex-boyfriends, actors, bartenders, and even Kafkas Gregor Samsa, brought together to tell stories that speak to us all. In Men Without Women Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic, marked by the same wry humor and pathos that have defined his entire body of work.
Ces nouvelles, qui content la mystérieuse disparition d'un éléphant et le pacte diabolique d'un nain rencontré dans un songe, permettront de découvrir l'univers étrange et poétique d'un grand auteur japonais contemporain, Haruki Murakami.
On pourra étudier le genre de la nouvelle et les pouvoirs de la fiction pour questionner le réel.
Thème du programme : Regarder, inventer des mondes (5e) ; La fiction pour interroger le réel (4e) ; Dénoncer les travers de la société (3e).
Part romance, part detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited love. K is madly in love with his best friend, Sumire, but her devotion to a writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments. At least, that is, until she meets an older woman to whom she finds herself irresistibly drawn. 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 visions. Subtle and haunting, Sputnik Sweetheart is a profound meditation on human longing.
The year is 1Q84.
This is the real world, there is no doubt about that.
But in this world, there are two moons in the sky.
In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely intertwined. They are each, in their own way, doing something very dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both.
Something extraordinary is starting.
Shortlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Book Two of 1Q84 ended with Aomame standing on the Metropolitan Expressway with a gun between her lips.
She knows she is being hunted, and that she has put herself in terrible danger in order to save the man she loves.
But things are moving forward, and Aomame does not yet know that she and Tengo are more closely bound than ever.
Tengo is searching for Aomame, and he must find her before this world's rules loosen up too much.
He must find her before someone else does.
An unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.
They discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more.
You've just passed someone on the street who could be the love of your life, the person you're destined for - what do you do? In Murakami's world, you tell them a story. The five weird and wonderful tales collected here each unlock the many-tongued language of desire, whether it takes the form of hunger, lust, sudden infatuation or the secret longings of the heart.
Selected from Haruki's Murakami's short story collections The Elephant Vanishes, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman, Men Without Women VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.
A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series:
Love by Jeanette Winterson Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley Eating by Nigella Lawson Summer by Laurie Lee
INCLUDES A READING GUIDE Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.
Murakami is like a magician who explains what hes doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves. -- The New York Times Book Review The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi drivers enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --Q is for question mark. A world that bears a question. Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomames and Tengos narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwells-- 1Q84 is Haruki Murakamis most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In Absolutely on Music , internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music. Over the course of two years, Murakami and Ozawa discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from Bartók to Mahler, and from pop-up orchestras to opera. They listen to and dissect recordings of some of their favorite performances, and Murakami questions Ozawa about his career conducting orchestras around the world. Culminating in Murakamis ten-day visit to the banks of Lake Geneva to observe Ozawas retreat for young musicians, the book is interspersed with ruminations on record collecting, jazz clubs, orchestra halls, film scores, and much more. A deep reflection on the essential nature of both music and writing, Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER Wind/Pinball, a unique two-in-one volume, includes, on one side, Murakamis first novel Hear the Wind Sing . When you flip the book over, you can read his second novel, Pinball, 1973 . Each book has its own stunning cover. In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels-- Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 --that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age--the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat--are stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism. They bear all the hallmarks of Murakamis later books, and form the first two-thirds, with A Wild Sheep Chase , of the trilogy of the Rat. Widely available in English for the first time ever, newly translated, and featuring a new introduction by Murakami himself, Wind/Pinball gives us a fascinating insight into a great writers beginnings.
She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on that particular Friday, she would have had the night off.
One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress's uneventful twentieth birthday takes a strange and fateful turn when she's asked to deliver dinner to the restaurant's reclusive owner. Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Murakami's 70th birthday.
A major new collection of Japanese short stories, many appearing in English for the first time, with an introduction by Haruki Murakami A Penguin Classic This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the art of the Japanese short story, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable practitioners writing today. Edited by acclaimed translator Jay Rubin, who has himself freshly translated some of the stories, and with an introduction by Haruki Murakami, this book is a revelation. Stories by writers already well known to English-language readers are included--like Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata, and Yoshimoto--as well as many surprising new finds. From Yuko Tsushima's "Flames" to Yuten Sawanishi's "Filling Up with Sugar" to Shin'ichi Hoshi's "Shoulder-Top Secretary" to Banana Yoshimoto's "Bee Honey," The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty, and comedy.
Set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, the mesmerizing stories in After the Quake are as haunting as dreams and as potent as oracles. An electronics salesman who has been deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package-- and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who views himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. The six stories in this collection come from the deep and mysterious place where the human meets the inhuman--and are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.