A Wild Sheep Chase


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His life was like his recurring nightmare: a train to nowhere. But an ordinary life has a way of taking an extraordinary turn. Add a girl whose  ears are so exquisite that, when uncovered, they improve sex a thousand-fold, a runaway friend, a right-wing politico, an ovine-obsessed  professor and a manic-depressive in a sheep outfit, implicate them in a hunt for a sheep that may or may not be running the world, and the  upshot is another singular masterpiece from Japan’s finest novelist.

‘Wonderfully easy to read and just as wonderfully difficult to make sense of…like the narrator, who slowly accepts the presence in his life of  mystery, we slowly recognize the possibility of a new kind of world. Like him, we lean forward and topple headlong into magic’.  WASHINGTON POST

‘A Wild Sheep Chase has the conventional hull of a thriller, a quest, a mystery, an extraordinary woman, and plenty of elegant duress — but its fantastic superstructure transforms it into something quite different’. INDEPENDENT

‘It begins as a detective novel, dips into a screwball comedy, and at its close becomes a tale of possession… A highly accomplished piece of craftsmanship’. NEW YORKER

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