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Murakami, Haruki (Translated by Ted Goossen) . WIND/PINBALL: TWO NOVELS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 235 pages. As New/As New.

New and definitive translations of the author's early novels. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents, in one volume, Haruki Murakami's "Ikaze no uta o kike" and "1973 nen no pinborun" in felicitous English translations. "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', which launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. These powerful, 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 two-thirds, with 'A Wild Sheep Chase', of The Rat Trilogy. Newly translated and featuring a new Introduction by Murakami himself, 'Wind/Pinball' gives us a fascinating insight into a great writer's beginnings" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Haruki Murakami collectors. These titles are contemporary classics. This is one of relatively few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Far too many copies were badly damaged in transit because of poor packing and handling on the publisher's part. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HARUKI MURAKAMI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385352123. $50.00

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