The Strange Library

Publisher: Bond Street Books
From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami--a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, bestselling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.


"This Murakami could hardly get more Murakami."
―Daniel Handler, The New York Times Book Review

"A fairy tale that reads at times like a grim blend of Kafka and Lewis Carroll, with a touch of whimsical erudition in the vein of The Phantom Tollbooth. . . . Around the corner of every frightening turn is something delightful."
The New Yorker

"[A] charming, surreal story. . . . whether he is writing for adults or children, [Murakami] remains a suspenseful and fantastical storyteller."
The Washington Post

“An odd and beautiful thing. . . . It had me enthralled.”
The Independent (UK)
“Japanese master Haruki Murakami’s short fantasy tale The Strange Library . . . takes readers on a wondrous journey.”
“Readers will get caught up in the world of the strange library . . . full of characters and images both awfully weird and utterly down to earth, transforms as you read it, becoming a living, nearly talismanic exercise in how to lift yourself out of the realm of the ordinary and allow the sentences to carry you into an alternate universe. The mysterious pleasure of it all is the payoff when you read Murakami. Some scholar may explain it to us all one day, diagram the roots of his work in the Japanese storytelling tradition, in fable and myth, the special effects he imports from American literature. For me, now, I'm just enjoying basking in the heat of this hypnotic short work.”
NPR Books

“Like much of Murakami’s work, it’s simultaneously whimsical, meandering and sinister: a surrealistic tale . . . shot through with brutality, punishment and loss.”
The Telegraph (UK)
“This dryly funny, concise fable features all the hallmarks of Murakami's deadpan magic, along with splashes of Lewis Carroll and the brothers Grimm.”
Publishers Weekly

At once beguiling and disquieting—in short, trademark Murakami—a fast read that sticks in the mind.”
Kirkus Reviews