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Cover of: Umibe no Kafuka by Murakami Haruki
About the Book

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle--yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.Extravagant in its accomplishment, Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world's truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.From the Hardcover edition.

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Library of Congress PL856.U673 U636 2002

12 editions First published in 2002

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2002, Shinchōsha
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in Japanese
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2002, Shinchōsha
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in Japanese
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2005, ĖKSMO
Kafka na pli︠a︡zhe
in Russian
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January 6, 2005, The Harvill Press
Kafka on the Shore
Hardcover - Exclusive to Waterstones edition
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January 6, 2005, The Harvill Press
Kafka on the Shore
Hardcover in English
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2005, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Kafka on the Shore
Electronic resource in English
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2005, VINTAGE (RAND)
Kafka on the Shore
Mass Market Paperback in English
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January 18, 2005, Knopf
Kafka on the Shore
Hardcover in English
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May 2006, Naxos of America
Kafka on the Shore
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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January 3, 2006, Vintage
Kafka on the Shore
Paperback in English
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2007, 10/18
Kafka sur le Rivage
paperback in French
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2009, btb
Kafka am Strand
Linen softcover in German - Taschenbuch-Sonderausgabe, 1. Auflage

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