The Strange Library

The Strange Library


Author: Haruki Murakami | Translator: Ted Goossen | Paperback

Originally published in Japan as Fushigi na toshokan by Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo, in 2005

From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami--a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will find themselves immersed in the strange world of best-selling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination. The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library, the book is like nothing else Murakami has written. Designed by Chip Kidd and fully illustrated, in full color, throughout, this small format volume is a treat for book lovers of all ages.

"At once beguiling and disquieting--in short, trademark Murakami--a fast read that sticks in the mind. . . . Murakami loves two things among many: Franz Kafka (think Kafka on the Shore) and secret places (think 1Q84). This latest, brief and terse, combines those two passions. . . . It would take a Terry Gilliam, or perhaps a Kurosawa, to film Murakami's nightmare properly." --Kirkus Reviews
"This dryly funny, concise fable features all the hallmarks of Murakami's deadpan magic, along with splashes of Lewis Carroll and the brothers Grimm. . . . Full-page designs from Chip Kidd divide the sections, bolstering the book's otherworldliness with images from the text alongside mazelike designs and dizzying close-ups of painted faces." --Publishers Weekly

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group | Pub Date: December 02, 2014 | Format: Paperback | Pages: 96| Dimensions: 0.3" H x 8.4" L x 5.5" W | 0.4 lbs