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The Elephant Vanishes

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.


How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration

- Independent on Sunday

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Enchanting...intriguing... All of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone

- Wall Street Journal

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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

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Like the best thriller fiction, it nags you with the sensation that Something Nasty is about to happen

- Sunday Times

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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

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