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Wind/Pinball: Two novels - Buy from
Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels - Buy from

hear the wind sing

Kaze no uta okike)

First published in Japan by Kodansha (1979)

Translated by Alfred Birnbaum

Published in English in 1987 by Kodansha English Library

New Translation

Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels Hardcover – August 4, 2015
by Haruki Murakami (Author), Ted Goossen (Translator)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf (August 4, 2015)
ISBN: 978-0385352123

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Harvill Secker (4 Aug. 2015)
ISBN: 978-1846558351


Things pass us by. Nobody can catch them. That's the way we live our lives.

The first book in the "Trilogy of the Rat" series, it is followed by Pinball 1973 (1979) and A Wild Sheep Chase (1982)

The writer recalls the days of his early twenties. The biology student passed his summer vacation aimlessly back at his home town. There are episodes about his childhood and his three girls whose names and faces have long been forgotten. Amid the bar scenes of cigarettes, french fries and beers, there was still extra space for his favourite author and the chunks of his philosophies.

Hear the Wind Sing was never released in any English-speaking countries, but a translation was sold in Japan as a way to improve one's English reading skills, complete with a glossary in the back with the harder words defined in Japanese.

The Birth of My Kitchen Table Fiction - Murakami's introduction to Wind/Pinball: Two Novels

Knopt page containing an except and readers guide

The Guardian's Alison Flood reports that Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 will get a fresh translation by Ted Goossen, set for release in 2015.




Haruki Murakami's Wind/Pinball Foreshadows His Trajectory as a Novelist - Huffington Post review by Steven Petite

Haruki Murakami’s Early Stories Aren’t Just For Superfans - Cats, jazz and wild dreams make up the writer’s beautiful novellas - (another) Huffington Post review by Maddie Crum

Haruki Murakami’s ‘Wind/Pinball’ - New York Times review by Steve Ericksonaug

Hear the Wind Sing/Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami review – super-elliptical pop-noir
Two early short novels reveal a fully formed writer laying the foundation for his future themes
- Guardian review by Ian Sansom

Fiction: The birth of Haruki Murakami’s writing - Readers must decide if novellas are warm-ups or belong in canon - Hamilton Spectator review by Robert J Wiersema

Are Haruki Murakami’s Re-Released Novels Worth the Hype? by M. Scott Krause

How Haruki Murakami became a writer - Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are in the collection Wind / Pinball — with a new introduction by the famed Japanese writer - Toronto Star by Robert J Wiersema

An excellent introduction to an important novelist - The Guardian by Hannah Beckerman

Appetisers from the kitchen table - The Independent by Arifa Akbar

On to the beginning - Haruki Murakami’s early work, finally in English - The Economist

Murakami's first novels revisited - The Straits Times by Akshita Nanda

Book Review: Hear the wind Sing/Pinball by Haruki Murakami - DNA Indi review by Gargi Gupta

'Wind/Pinball' - The Michigan Daily review by Karl Williams

Novellas that launched his career released - Fredericksburg review by Kurt Rabin

Wikipedia page on the novel page on the novel

Tony's Reading List review review of the book and the 1980 movie

BookDragon review

Leeswammes' Blog review

The Portland Mercury review by John Motley

Cultural snow review by Tim Footman

Interesting review by Ted Mahsun

Ben Peek review on

Bookfox review by John Foxx

Brief description of the novel from

lost in translation review by Patrick McCoy

Early Murakami - Ronin on Empty article on Hear and Pinball

Memory, hybridity, and creative alliance in Haruki Murakami's fiction - an essay by Amy Ty Lai, which explores the use of animals in Haruki Murakami's fiction (inc HWTS)

Murakami Haruki: The Simulacrum in Contemporary Japanese Culture by Michael Seats - chapter on HTWS - except available from Google Book Search :

This book offers a new approach to dealing with Murakami's radical narrative project by demonstrating how his first and later trilogies utilize the structure of the simulacrum, a second-order representation, to develop a complex critique of contemporary Japanese culture. This critique is mirrored in the practices of current media-entertainment technologies which allow Murakami's works, and their critical/promotional meta-texts, to cohere under the rubric of the so-called 'Murakami Phenomenon.' Published 2006, Lexington Books, ISBN 0739107852