South of the Border, West of the Sun

By Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel (Translator)
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679767398, 224pp.)

Publication Date: March 14, 2000

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Description
Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime--"beginning" in Japanese--has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime's happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.
In "South of the Border, West of the Sun," the simple arc of a man's life--with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment--becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. When Shimamoto shows up one rainy night, now a breathtaking beauty with a secret from which she is unable to escape, the fault lines of doubt in Hajime's quotidian existence begin to give way. And the details of stolen moments past and present--a Nat King Cole melody, a face pressed against a window, a handful of ashes drifting downriver to the sea--threaten to undo him completely. Rich, mysterious, quietly dazzling, "South of the Border, West of the Sun" is Haruki Murakami's wisest and most compelling work.



About the Author
Haruki Murakami is a prolific writer of novels and short stories, including "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World", which won the prestigious Tanizaki Prize.

Gabriel is assistant professor of Japanese literature at the University of Arizona.
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