Wind/Pinball | Penguin Random House Canada


Publisher: Anchor Canada
The first two short novels--never before widely available in the U.S.--by the internationally acclaimed writer, newly translated, in one volume, with a new introduction by the author.

Widely available in English for the first time ever, Wind/Pinball brings together the two first novels--Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973--by the legendary Haruki Murakami. Written at his kitchen table in the hours before dawn, these remarkable short works--powerful, at times surreal, stories about two young men coming of age--launched the career of one of the most celebrated authors of our time. Bearing all the hallmarks of Murakami's later books, Wind/Pinball gives readers a fascinating insight into a great writer's beginnings.


"Murakami's atomic sensibility characterizes world literature." —The New York Times Book Review

"An invaluable addition to the [Murakami] canon." —Toronto Star

"Powerful, unsettling, mature novels, replete with many of the same distinctive traits that characterize [Murakami's] later fiction." —Chicago Tribune

"These new-old books are short but by no means slight. Nor are they only for hard-core Murakami fans. Despite plots that offer little more than a catalogue of bizarre events and random musings, there are enough flashes of brilliance to keep the reader interested. Signals that would become familiar in Mr. Murakami's fiction make an early appearance: characters alienated by society and afflicted by loneliness and ennui; quotidian detail that is, by turn, banal and fascinating; musical references; supernatural undertones; dark dreams and black humour. . . . Readers can be grateful. Wind/Pinball is a fresh, heart-warming dose of the Japanese master." —The Economist

"A pair of early literary excursions that are never less than insightful and intelligent; brisk and diverting; unusual and transporting; and that offer a fascinating insight into the imagination of a young writer who would go on, as it is phrased at the beginning of Hear the Wind Sing, to 'tell the story of the world in words far more beautiful than these.'" —The National (UAE)

"Wind/Pinball is a must-have for Murakami fans who want to know how he evolved and who might want to begin re-reading his work chronologically. It is a book that might even sway those on the fence because of the sheer audacity of his plots and the knowledge that even Murakami at one time was afraid he might fail." —The Straits Times (Singapore)

"[Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973] mark the value of legacy, are striking even in their formative, flawed states, and clearly show a writer of innovation emerging and developing his formidable talent." —The Independent (UK)

"Quintessential Murakami." —The Guardian (UK)

"There is a profundity in these novels that is both laced with humor and left open to the elements. . . . There are themes here—of universality, isolation, fixation and the delightfully bizarre—that will play out time and again in Murakami's future work. . . . Wind/Pinball is a very fine beginning indeed!" —The Buffalo News

"Murakami's way of making emotionally resonant images and symbols bump around on the page, and in one's mind, remains fresh, miraculously, more than 35 years on." —Evening Standard (UK)

From the Hardcover edition.