Dance Dance Dance

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 17, 2010 - Fiction - 416 pages
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In this propulsive novel, one of the most idiosyncratically brilliant writers at work in any language fuses science fiction, the hard-boiled thriller, and white-hot satire into a new element of the literary periodic table.

As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, Haruki Murakami's protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread in which he collides with call girls; plays chaperone to a lovely teenaged psychic; and receives cryptic instructions from a shabby but oracular Sheep Man. Dance Dance Dance is a tense, poignant, and often hilarious ride through the cultural Cuisinart that is contemporary Japan, a place where everything that is not up for sale is up for grabs.

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User Review  - KatherineGregg - LibraryThing

Recovering from a divorce and a six month hiatus from life, the narrator/protagonist is summoned by repeating dreams to return to a hotel in Hokkaido where he spent some time with Kiki, a former girl ... Read full review

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

Good, but not as excellent a "A Wild Sheep Chase." I wasn't convinced that a sequel was completely necessary. Of course, it wasn't unwelcome either. It just didn't strike me with that 'truly amazing ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese writer. His works of fiction and non-fiction have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Jerusalem Prize, among others. Murakami's fiction is humorous and surreal, focusing on themes of alienation and loneliness. He is considered an important figure in postmodern literature. The Guardian praised Murakami as "among the world's greatest living novelists" for his works and achievements. Murakami is the author of 1Q84, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, Men Without Women and many more. 

Alfred Birnbaum is an American translator who has translated works by Haruki Murakami, Miyabe Miyuki, and Natsuki Ikezawa. He has also edited the short story anthology Monkey Brain Sushi: New Tastes in Japanese Fiction. Birnbaum is a professor of creative writing and translation at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies.

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