The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami [U.S. FIRST EDITION] 1997
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami [Translation by Jay Rubin]
U.S. FIRST EDITION  ALFRED A. KNOPF
SECOND PRINTING ❧ NOVEMBER 1997
Hardcover with dust jacket in very good condition.
Stunning textured dust jacket w/ minor shelf and edge wear. Now housed in a HQ protective mylar jacket.
Book is very good. Nice clean, square and tight copy. Pictorial blue boards show some wear to edges; bumping to both top and bottom of spine. A few tiny pin sized stains to top of text block and a small hint of a crack along front endpaper [see last 2 photos]
Overall, a stunning copy of this rare first!
Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.