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“As long as I had something to transmit,” says the narrator of these two short novels from 1979 and 1980, “my existence would be assured.” Over three decades later, his creator Haruki Murakami is transmitting all over the world, a Japanese hero of postmodern literature.

It’s no surprise then that his early efforts — previously unpublished outside Japan — would be re-released, no matter their merit.

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