Wind/Pinball, a unique two-in-one volume, includes, on one side, Murakami’s first novel Hear the Wind Sing. When you flip the book over, you can read his second novel, Pinball, 1973. Each book has its own stunning cover. In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels - "Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball", 1973 - that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age - the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat - are stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism. They bear all the hallmarks of Murakami’s later books, and form the first two-thirds, with A Wild Sheep Chase, of the trilogy of the Rat. Widely available in English for the first time ever, newly translated, and featuring a new introduction by Murakami himself, Wind/Pinball gives us a fascinating insight into a great writer’s beginnings.
Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami’s earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J’s Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers. Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind, despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J’s Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the three-flipper Spaceship.
In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels-Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973-that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age-the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat-are stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism. They bear all the hallmarks of Murakami's later books, and form the first two-thirds, with A Wild Sheep Chase, of the trilogy of the Rat.
Escucha la cancion del viento (1979), la opera prima de Murakami, sigue a un estudiante de veintiun anos, sin nombre, de vacaciones en su ciudad natal, en agosto de 1970. El joven pasa el tiempo en compania de su mejor amigo, apodado el «Rata», una chica con cuatro dedos en la mano izquierda y un barman. A estos personajes se suma la fi gura de un escritor (inventado): Derek Heartfield, con quien se abre y se cierra la obra. Pinball 1973 (1980) se desarrolla tres anos despues. Ese mismo joven vive ahora en Tokio, con dos gemelas identicas, mientras el «Rata» sigue viendo pasar la vida en el J.’s Bar. Una novela melancolica (con gatos, pozos y antiguas novias), en una atmosfera poetica, que contiene las mejores escenas de pinball de la historia de la literatura.