Haruki Murakami's first two novels, available for the first time in English
outside Japan. With a new introduction by the author. 'If you're the sort
of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o'clock in
the morning, you can only write accordingly. That's who I am.' Hear the
Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami's earliest novels. They
follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his
nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college
on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's
Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the
women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine
fingers. Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work
as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has
remained behind, despite his efforts to leave both the town and his
girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own
doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession
with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the
exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the
three-flipper Spaceship.

Haruki Murakami—Wind / Pinball

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