Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki MurakamiMen Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women: Stories

byHaruki Murakami

Hardcover | May 9, 2017

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**International Bestseller
**A New York Times Bestseller
**An NPR Best Book of 2017
**An Esquire Best Book of 2017
**A Washington Post Notable Book of 2017
**A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017

The major new work of fiction from the internationally acclaimed, #1 NYT bestselling author--a dazzling collection of short stories.

The much-anticipated new short story collection from the beloved Haruki Murakami--his first major new work of fiction since the #1 New York Times bestselling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage--Men Without Women showcases the author at the peak of his powers. Across seven tales, Murakami draws his piercing observation to the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and The Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Haruki Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera and V. S. Naipaul.
Title:Men Without Women: StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 1 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385689446

ISBN - 13:9780385689441

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Another hit! Absolutely beautiful and wonderful to read.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Another hit! Absolutely beautiful and wonderful to read.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Such beautiful stories that filled me with joy, sadness, excitement, and despair all at once - I kept thinking about these stories weeks after I had read them. Incredibly moving book, I recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short Stories Any fan of Murakami will love his short stories. Some of them I have read from his contribution in the New Yorker but it is still worth it to buy it!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Murakami delivers once again Another masterpiece by Haruki Murakami. Alongside Solzhenitsyn, one of my favourite authors of fiction. Seven short stories where men in various stages of their lives first are absent of women but then thrust into a relationship with a hunchback, a modern-day Scheherazade or a married woman. Best book of 2017 thus far.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sum is greater than the whole of its parts Read this in summer 2017 and has been on my mind since. Excellent read.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointed A lot of the stories in this book have already been published in the New Yorker that can be found online. The stories themselves are quite good but I was disappointed that I've read most of them already. There were only 3 new short stories.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This was my first book written by Haruki Murakami. I had read many reviews of his work and was not disappointed with this book. I will certainly be reading more from his collection.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Murakami Style With Relevant Overtones What's more important right now than feminism? Murakami asks the question what are men without women with this collection of short stories. He shows the sadness of the widowed husband who consoles and seeks answers in his late wife's lover. Another character gains meaning though the stories his personal support worker shares with him, which become their most intimate shared moments. I loved this collection.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating but dark .. Love Murakami. I don't usually like short stories but you'll find seven in this quick read. Dark and strange and interesting. Keeps you captivated until the end. An enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This one looks good I haven't read anything from this author, but this one sounds interesting!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sadness told with an unapologetic tone I am especially impressed with the last story. I felt like the main character was developed from the main character from Hear the wind sings. His emptiness was described so perfectly that it seems it is his feeling that saddens us, not the words written
Date published: 2016-10-12

Editorial Reviews

"Mesmerizing tales of profound alienation. . . . Murakami is a master of the open-ended mystery." —The Washington Post"[A] beguilingly irresistible book. Like a lost lover, it holds on tight long after the affair is over." —The New York Times Book Review"Classic Murakami. . . . [His] voice—cool, poised, witty, characterized by a peculiar blend of whimsy and poignancy, wit and profundity—hasn't lost its power to unsettle even as it amuses." —The Boston Globe"Supremely enjoyable, philosopical and pitch-perfect. . . . The mix of humour and melancholy in Murakami's writing is extraordinary." —The Observer (UK)"Written with all the cats, spaghetti, humor and gentle surrealism we might expect . . . Men Without Women is a funny, lovely, unmistakably Murakami collection of seven stories about the lives of people trying to find their place in the world and reckoning with their pasts." —Buzzfeed"Elegant. . . . Vintage Murakami. . . . A glimpse into the strange worlds people invent by the always inventive Murakami." —Kirkus Reviews"Time and again in these seven stories, Murakami displays his singular genius. The stories in this collection find their power within the confines of common but momentous disturbances that linger on in memory." —Los Angeles Times"Men Without Women is classic, hard-to-pin-down Murakami." —Vice"Superb. . . . The seven stories contained within Men Without Women cover the standard Murakami territory that has endeared him to readers around the world: cats, baseball, the Beatles and a surreal touch of noir." —SF Weekly"It's been a few years since we’ve gotten something new from Japan's master of magical realism, but this new seven-story collection draws us right back into his signature realm—one of lonely men with wandering imaginations, mysterious cats and subtle-yet-surreal narratives that reveal the supernatural layer operating beneath our everyday lives." —W Magazine "Strung together [the stories are] a sparkling strand of precious stones, the light refracted from each equally brilliant but the tones varying subtly." —The Independent (UK)"Murakami writes of complex things with his usual beguiling simplicity. . . . [Men Without Women] is Murakami at his whimsical, romantic best" —Financial Times"Devotees will find plenty of signature Murakami here." —The Guardian (UK)"A new Haruki Murakami book is always cause for celebration. . . . These stories are filled with all of the luminous, magical elements that make Murakami's writing so fascinating." —Bustle"Funny and surreal." —io9"After publishing more than a dozen major works of fiction, it's extraordinary Haruki Murakami can still consistently entertain, thrill and move his readers. In his new story collection, Men Without Women, he remains in top form." —San Francisco Chronicle"The works assembled in Men Without Women are like mille-feuille pastries, folding in layers of meaning, symbolism and metaphor like butter and sweet dough. . . . An intimate, captivating and poignant read." —The Kansas City Star"Murakami's much-anticipated collection of short stories is as perfectly crafted as one would expect, taking an uncomfortably forensic look at the most intimate details of relationships." —The Irish Times