The Elephant Vanishes

by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin, Alfred Birnbaum

With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on thenormal.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.89 out of 5
  • Published June 28th 1994 by Vintage
  • Original Title: 象の消滅 [Zō no shōmetsu]
  • ISBN: 0679750533 (ISBN13: 9780679750536)
  • Edition Language: English

With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald’s in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard.By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami’s ability to cross the border between separate realities — and to come back bearing treasure.