First Editions of Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed by Haruki Murakami

  • Norwegian Wood.

Norwegian Wood.


Item Number: 2831

London: Harvill, 2000.

First editions, first printings. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami on the title pages. Both volumes are in fine condition and are in the original gold box.

When Norwegian Wood was first published in Japan, it quickly attained cult status, making the author a national celebrity. It 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.

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