As his rabid fans not-so-patiently await the arrival of his next novel in America, Haruki Murakami lovers can satiate themselves with this new collection of short ficiton. The title "Men Without Women" is not a random choice, or just an homage to the Hemingway collection.
Each story included here shows Murakmai's gifts for making the somehow mundane seem to be extraordinary. This legendary author has a way of delving into a man's inner psyche in a way that few other authors do. And while all of the men herein may be, indeed, without women, that does not mean women do not play a large part of the works. So while a car ride with a recently widowed man and his chauffeur may seem dull on the surface, we learn that people are never as straightforward as they seem. — Chris Linendoll
A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. 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 vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
About the Author
HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul. Translated by Ted Goossen and Philip Gabriel.