The City and Its Uncertain Walls

The City and Its Uncertain Walls

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 19/11/2024
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Published 19/11/2024
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Synopsis

The breathtaking new novel about the boundaries between worlds and individuals, from the internationally bestselling author of 1Q84.

“Truth is not found in fixed stillness, but in ceaseless change/movement. Isn't this the quintessential core of what stories are all about?” – Haruki Murakami, from the afterword to The City and Its Uncertain Walls

The long-awaited new novel from Haruki Murakami, his first in six years, revisits a Town his readers will remember, a place where a Dream Reader reviews dreams and where our shadows become untethered from our selves. A love story, a quest, an ode to books and to the libraries that house them, and a parable for these strange post-pandemic times, The City and Its Uncertain Walls is a singular and towering achievement by one of modern literature’s most important writers.

A novel about the porous boundary between the real and shadow worlds. After losing his beloved as a teenager, the narrator finds his way to the Town, a mysterious place where he finds work as a Dream Reader in the library. Back in the real world as an adult he tries to recapture his time in the Town by taking a job as a librarian in a remote location in Fukushima province, where he takes over the job from a ghost.

When a boy, M, who visits the library every day, vanishes, the boundaries between spatial and temporal realities, and between individuals, seems to have been breached. A novel about the barriers, imaginary and real, that we put up between and within ourselves.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787304475
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 750g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 40 mm

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