Hear the Wind Sing
BlurbHear the Wind Sing is the first novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. It first appeared in the June 1979 issue of Gunzo, and in book form the next month. The novel was adapted by Japanese director Kazuki Ōmori in a 1981 film distributed by Art Theatre Guild. An English translation by Alfred Birnbaum appeared in 1987.
It is the first book in the so-called "Trilogy of the Rat" series of independent novels, followed by Pinball, 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase, before the later epilogue Dance Dance Dance. All four books in the series have been translated into English, but Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 were never widely distributed in the English-speaking world, having only been published in Japan by Kodansha under their Kodansha English Library branding, and both only as A6-sized pocketbooks. An omnibus English edition of Murakami's first two novels, under the title Wind/Pinball, with translations by Prof. Ted Goossen of York University, was released in the United States in August, 2015.
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