Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka
Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's
dark prophecy. The ageing Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered
from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his simple life suddenly turned
upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid
accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble
from the sky; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII.
There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a
riddle. At once a classic tale of quest, Kafka on the Shore is also a bold
exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-
love, of sister-love. Above all it is a bewitching and wildly inventive
novel from a master stylist.

Haruki Murakami—KAFKA ON THE SHORE

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