"If You Only Read The Books That Everyone Else Is Reading, You Can Only Think What Everyone Else Is Thinking": First Editions in English Of Haruki Murakamis Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed By Him
Item Number: 139249
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1989.
First editions in English of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavos, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets. Both volumes are boldly signed by Haruki Murakami on the title pages. Translated from the Japanese by Alfred Birnbaum.
Norwegian Wood is a nostalgic story of loss and sexuality. The story's protagonist and narrator is Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his days as a freshman university student living in Tokyo. Through Toru's reminiscences we see him develop relationships with two very different women the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko, and the outgoing, lively Midori. The novel is set in Tokyo during the late 1960s, a time when Japanese students, like those of many other nations, were protesting against the established order. While it serves as the backdrop against which the events of the novel unfold, Murakami (through the eyes of Toru and Midori) portrays the student movement as largely weak-willed and hypocritical. Murakami adapted the first section of the novel from an earlier short story, "Firefly." The story was subsequently included in the collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.