By Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum
A wonderful hybrid of mythology and secret, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extreme literary mystery that introduced Haruki Murakami’s overseas popularity.
It starts barely enough: A twenty-something advertisements govt gets a postcard from a chum, and casually appropriates the picture for an coverage company’s commercial. What he doesn’t notice is that incorporated within the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a celebrity on its again, and in utilizing this photograph he has unwittingly captured the eye of a guy in black who bargains a menacing ultimatum: locate the sheep or face dire effects. hence starts a surreal and difficult quest that takes our hero from the city haunts of Tokyo to the distant and snowy mountains of northern Japan, the place he confronts not just the mythological sheep, however the confines of culture and the demons deep inside of himself. Quirky and totally beautiful, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his amazing most sensible.
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