Men without Women
Penguin Books Australia
Men Without Women is a 2014 collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, which was recently translated in English in a fluent and colloquial manner by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen.
In essence the stories are about men who have lost their women, usually to other men or death.
While this might like a depressing topic, the stories are actually enjoyable and philosophical as they display Marukami’s astute understanding of both youth and age, infused with the unique mélange of melancholy and humour – at times tragicomedy - that has become somewhat of a trademark for his writing and his characters’ curiosity being the motor behind the respective narrative angles.
Murakami revives the genre of short stories, which is riddled with many mediocre offerings, with each of the stories being able to stand for themselves but the total of them being more than the sum of the individual parts, with clear an defined prose subtly covering nuances, a claviature of tones and not lacking impact despite their seemingly quiet nature on the surface.
The fact that that impact is achieved by sometimes a single arresting sentence conveying unexpected eventuality shows Murakami’s mastery, which usually unfolds in long form.
In the seven, decidedly uneven yet beautifully rendered stories, Murakami manages to write about very complex matters of profound alienation with beguiling simplicity, poignancy and wit.
Despite characteristic traits and key motifs that have pervaded Murakami’s literary emissions ever since and have becomes integral to his writing, i.e. jazz, cats, whiskey, a deep appreciation of The Beatles and Franz Kafka, he still manages to surprise and invigorate what seems to be common tropes.
Deafheaven w/ Drab Majesty Neptune Theater Seattle, Washington August 10, 2018 I saw Deafheaven back in 2015 for the first time and aside from being blown away by their performance, ... read more
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Yale University Press Based on an exhibition at the Met, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is one opulently curated thing of ... read more
An evening with Dale DeGroff Kittyhawk Sydney, Australia August 3, 2018 There is no shortage of accolades that cocktail innovator, veteran bartender and envelope pushing coryphée Dale DeGroff has been ... read more
Rev-Ale-ation – A Symphony of the Senses Mosman Art Gallery Sydney, Australia August 5, 2018 Changing perceptions. Expanding horizons. Reimagining stories. Inspiring enthusiasm. Diminish stereotypes. This and more what the ... read more
Speed Rack Australia competition Marble Bar Sydney, Australia July 29, 2018 Speed Rack, huh? What comes to mind? Sports? Rollerderby? A completion of sorts? Speed Rack provides a forum to ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.