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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman


Translated by by Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin.

UK Edition:
Hardcover 352 pages
Publisher: The Harvill Press (July 6, 2006)
ISBN: 1843432692

US Edition:
Hardcover: 352 pages,
Publisher: Knopf (August 29, 2006)
ISBN: 1400044618

"She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, "I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while."

Murakami has selected the stories himself and his introduction explain's his selection.


Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
The Birthday Girl
New York Mining Disaster
The Folklore Of Our Times
Hunting Knife
Perfect Day For A Kangaroo
Man Eating Cats
The Poor Aunt Story
The Seventh Man
The Girl From Ipanema
In The Year Of Spaghetti
Tony Takitani
Ice Man
The Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day
Halei Bay
A Chance Traveler
Where I'm Likely To Find It
A Shinagawa Monkey

excerpt available from the Random House site (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman)


*Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman*, a collection of short stories most of which date from the late 90s onwards in translation.  A number have been previously published in magazines but quite a few have never officially seen the light of day in English.  According to OSAKABE Yoshio, the last five stories are from the Japanese collection  "Tokyo Kitanshu"

"A young man accompanies his cousin to the hospital to check an unusual hearing complaint and recalls a story of a woman put to sleep by tiny flies crawling inside her ear; a mirror appears out of nowhere and a nightwatchman is unnerved as his reflection tries to take control of him; a couple's relationship is unbalanced after dining exclusively on exquisite crab while on holiday; a man follows instructions on the back of a postcard to apply for a job, but an unknown password stands between him and his mysterious employer.

In each one of these stories, Murakami sidesteps the real and sprints for the surreal. Everyday events are transcended, leaving the reader dazzled by this master of his craft. "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" is Murakami's most eclectic collection of stories to date, spanning five years of his writing. An introduction explains the diversity of the author's choice"

A translation of the title story "Blind Willow Sleeping Woman" is available



New York Times review by Terrence Rafferty

Behind the metaphysical door and the disappearing men by from The Times (UK)

New York Review of Books review - Gods of the Mall By Christian Caryl

Review from Malaysia's The Star by Ted Mahsun

New Zealand Herald review by Siobhan Harvey

A visit to the kooky, whimsical world of Haruki Murakami - Japan Today review by Kevin McGue

Sydney Morning Herald review by Andrew Riemer


A Short Guide to Murakami's Short Fiction by Matthew Tiffany

My Cultural Life review by Lou Laighton

Stainless Steel Droppings review

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, An Annotated TOC from the Quarterly

Murakami's Time Capsule, review by Matthew Tiffany

Two Sides of Murakami, review by Elizabeth Wadell

Very detailed Complete Review page

Paste review by Charles McNair

San Francisco Chronicle review by Jenna Krajeski

Seattle Times review by Robert Allen Papinchak

Christian Science Monitor review by Heller McAlpin review by Laura Miller

Hanalei Bay - short story published in the guardian in two parts (1) / (2)

Bitesize: Big ole collection of short stories from yr man Haruki Murakami ...from Bookmunch

The Observers's review by David Jays

A hole in the middle of the Pacific - Haruki Murakami's latest collection
of short stories, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, is a delight, says
Tobias Hill. From The Guardian, 8th July 2006

The Time's review by Ruth Scurr

Time Out Review

The Soul of Japanese Wit - The Scotsman review

A strange jaunt up the garden path A strange jaunt up the garden path -
Daily Telegraph review

The New Statesman's review by Hugo Barnacle

Haruki Murakami's odd, memorable tales strike a chord with readers inside and outside Japan, writes Stella Clarke. Fantastic article in the

The Australian newspaper review

The enemy within, By Ben Naparste, excellent article from The UK's Financial Times

Good BookSl.t review by Michael Antman

Powells has an interesting review by Lily Tuck

Brief review from

The wikipedia page on the novel page for the novel