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Foreword by DONALD KEENE
Commentaries by PETER MACMILLAN
Translator PETER MACMILLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39257-8

One of the three seminal works of Japanese literature—a beautiful collection of poems and tales that offers an unparalleled insight into ancient Japan

Along with the Tale of Genji and One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, the Tales of Ise is considered one of the three most important works of Japanese literature. A poem-tale collection from the early Heian period, it contains many stories of amorous adventures, faithful friendship, and travels in exile, framing the exquisite poems at the work's...

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HEAR THE WIND SING AND PINBALL, 1973 (TWO NOVELS)
Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator TED GOOSSEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17014-7

Wind/Pinball, a unique two-in-one volume, includes, on one side, Murakami’s first novel Hear the Wind Sing. When you flip the book over, you can read his second novel, Pinball, 1973. Each book has its own stunning cover

In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels—Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973—that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.

These powerful, at times...

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TWO NOVELS
Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator TED GOOSSEN

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35212-3

In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels—Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973—that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.

These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age—the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat—are stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism. They bear all the hallmarks of Murakami’s later books, and form the first...

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Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator PHILIP GABRIEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/05/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17012-3

Longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award
New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year: Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage 


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the remarkable story of a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. Here...

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Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator TED GOOSSEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35430-1

From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami—a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.

A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.

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Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51706-2

 A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success—despite racial and class prejudice—and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle...

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Written by YASUSHI INOUE
Translator MICHAEL EMMERICH

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Pushkin Collection

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-782-27001-0

The Hunting Gun follows the consequences of a tragic love affair. Told from the viewpoints of three different women, this is a story of the psychological impact of illicit love. First viewed through the eyes of Shoko, who learns of the affair through reading her mother's diary, then through the eyes of Midori, who had long known about the affair of her husband with Saiko, and finally through the eyes of Saiko herself. This novella is incredibly powerful, with universal resonance and a true...

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Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator PHILIP GABRIEL

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/12/2014

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35210-9

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is...

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Written by SHUICHI YOSHIDA
Translator PHILIP GABRIEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/01/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45493-5

In a crowded two-bedroom apartment in Tokyo, four Japanese twenty-somethings are waiting for their lives to begin. They have come from all over Japan, bringing with them dreams of success and romance, but life isn’t exactly going as planned. Kotomi waits by the phone for a boyfriend who never calls, Ryosuke is sleeping with his best friend’s girlfriend, and Mirai’s drinking has become a serious problem. Only Naoki, an aspiring filmmaker and the glue that keeps them all together, seems to be...

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A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Written by SEAN MICHAEL WILSON
Illustrated by AKIKO SHIMOJIMA

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-611-80137-8

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin–all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply rooted cultural imperative of honor, persistence, loyalty, and sacrifice.
    
The historical event has inspired many writers and artists over the years and numerous...

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SELECTED HAIKU OF BASHO
Written by MATSUO BASHO
Translator DAVID YOUNG

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/02/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96200-3

Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master.

Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; "Piles of quilts/ snow on distant mountains/ I watch both," he writes. His work captures both the profound loneliness of one observing mind and the broad-ranging joy he finds in our connections to the larger...

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Written by YASUTAKA TSUTSUI

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/12/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-38918-3

Widely acknowledged as Yasutaka Tsutsui's masterpiece, Paprika unites his surreal, quirky imagination with a mind-bending narrative about a psychiatric institute that has developed the technology to invade people's dreams.

When prototype models of a dream-invading device go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, it transpires that someone is using them to drive people insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba has to journey into...

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