Toru Okada is an apparently happy man - his domestic routine seems familiar and comfortable. Admittedly, he has recently quit his job, the cat has disappeared, and a strange woman has begun to bother him with explicit phone calls. Then one day his wife does not come home [...]
Gewaltverbrechen und afrikanische Schicksale: Mankells wichtigste Themen. Vor dem tragischen Hintergrund der Ermordung des jungen Henrik weist er auf die Verbreitung und Bekämpfung des HIV-Virus in Afrika und zeigt den schmalen Grat zwischen medizinischer Hilfe und [...]
Presents a novel, which is made up of twenty-three stories. They are told by the people who have all answered an ad headlined 'Artists Retreat: Abandon your life for three months'. They are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of 'real life' [...]
A journalist notices a link between a number of victims of cot death. All of the children had the same poem read to them the night before they died. The journalist desperately fights to find all copies of the book containing the accursed poem. This title is by the author of [...]
Building work in Reykjavik uncovers a shallow grave. Years before, this part of the city was all open hills, and Erlendur and his team hope this is a typical Icelandic missing person scenario. Things are never that simple. Whilst Erlendur struggles to hold together his own [...]
The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. The musician has plans to rehearse with his jazz band all night, Mari [...]
Toru Watanabe is looking back on the love and passions of his life and trying to make sense of it all. As his first love Naoko sinks deeper into mental despair, he is inexorably pushed to find a new meaning and a new love in order to survive.
The story of a man, a girl, her ears and a very special sheep. It is a world where people sweat about their careers, drink too much, and drift through broken marriages. The protagonist is an advertising executive who finds himself drawn into an elaborate quest for a [...]
K, a primary school teacher, is in love with Sumire. But Sumire is in love with Miu, an older woman. Frustrated, K has an affair with the mother of one of his pupils. Then Miu calls K from a Greek island to ask for his help and soon discovers that something very strange has [...]
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and [...]
Rant is an anti-hero whose recreational drug of choice is rabies. He becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. On designated nights, the Party Crashers chase each other in cars in the hope of a collision, and all the while Rant, the [...]
Tender Branson is the last surviving member of the "Creedish Death Cult" and is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Before it crashes he will unfold the tale of his journey from Creedish [...]
Robert Forester didn't look like the kind of man to be a prowler. However, his ex-wife has told the police he was erratic, liable to violence and had even fired a gun at her. Maybe he was a psychopathic murderer. Patricia Highsmith is also the author of "The Talented Mr Ripley".
Comprises of the pieces that aim to prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. This work contains essays or vignettes that offer a facet of existence as lived in or observed by one of America's original literary talents.
Erschienen: 2005 / Lieferfrist: 3-5 Wochen (Titel wird speziell besorgt)
The economy was booming. People had more money than they knew what to do with. And then the earthquake struck. For the characters in Murakami's latest short-story collection, the Kobe earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago.