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A dizzying short-story collection that displays Murakami's genius for uncovering the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary within the ordinary. Featuring the story 'Barn Burning', the inspiration behind the Palme d'Or-nominated film Burning.

When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset. A couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's. A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. 

In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.

©1993 Haruki Murakami (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Susanne
  • 10-04-2021

So disappointing

I have always enjoyed reading Murakami, but ‘the elephant vanishes’ is utterly meaningless and boring. How can the author and publisher publish something like this. Is it greed? I will think twice before I read another Murakami!

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  • htspider
  • 05-04-2021


Reminiscent of R A Lafferty in places, a nice collection of short stories in the usual mystical Haruki Murakami style. Well narrated, too. Very enjoyable.

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