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By Haruki Murakami

A graceful, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo through the spooky hours among dead night and sunrise, via an the world over popular literary phenomenon.

Murakami's trademark humor, mental perception, and grab of spirit and morality are the following distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka at the Shore and The Wind-up poultry Chronicle foreign bestsellers, with a stunning infusion of center, Murakami has produced considered one of his so much captivating fictions but.

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Perhaps we should not call it a mask: it clings so closely to his face, it is more like a piece of plastic wrap. But, thin as it is, it still serves its purpose as a mask. While reflecting the light that strikes it as a pale lustre, it never fails to conceal the man's features and expression. The best we can do is surmise the general contours of his face. The mask has no holes for the nose, mouth, or eyes, but still it does not seem to prevent him from breathing or seeing or hearing. Perhaps it has outstanding breath-ability or permeability, but, viewing it from the outside, we cannot tell what kind of material or technology has been used to make it.

Motorcycle engines roaring. Three young men sit on the pavement outside a shuttered shop doing nothing in particular. When Mari and the woman pass by, the three look up and follow them with their eyes, probably wondering about this odd couple, but saying nothing, just staring. The shutter is covered with spray-painted graffiti. "My name's Kaoru," the woman says. " "Glad to meet you," Mari says. "Sorry for dragging you out like this. " Mari doesn't know how to respond, and so she says nothing. "Want me to carry your bag?

A large game centre crammed with young people; wild electronic sounds; a group of college students spilling out from a bar; teenage girls with brilliant bleached hair, healthy legs thrusting out from microminiskirts; dark-suited men racing across diagonal crossings for the last trains to the suburbs. Even at this hour, the karaoke club pitchmen keep shouting for customers. A flashy black station wagon drifts down the street as if taking stock of the district through its black-tinted windows. The car looks like a deep-sea creature with specialised skin and organs.

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