A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary
literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation.
It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives
a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance
company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the
pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this
photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers
a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins
a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts
of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts
not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons
deep within himself.
Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding