Kafka on the Shore

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Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father’s dark prophesy.

The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle – one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece.

‘Wonderful… Magical and outlandish’ Daily Mail

‘Hypnotic, spellbinding’ The Times

‘Cool, fluent and addictive’ Daily Telegraph

© Haruki Marakami 2005 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • Wonderful… Magical and outlandish

    Daily Mail
  • A magnificently bewildering achievement… Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot… Exuberant storytelling

    Independent on Sunday
  • Cool, fluent and addictive

    Daily Telegraph
  • Hypnotic, spellbinding

    The Times
  • Addictive… Exhilarating… A pleasure

    Evening Standard

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