Norwegian Wood (novel)
1987 Japanese novel / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森, Noruwei no Mori) is a 1987 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The novel is a nostalgic story of loss and burgeoning sexuality. It is told from the first-person perspective of Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his days as a college student living in Tokyo. Through Watanabe's reminiscences, readers see him develop relationships with two very different women—the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko, and the outgoing, lively Midori.
|Original title||Noruwei no Mori "Norwegian Forest"|
|Translator||Alfred Birnbaum (1989)|
Jay Rubin (2000)
|Genre||Literary fiction, romance novel|
Published in English
|1989 (Birnbaum trans.); 2000 (Rubin trans.)|
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|Pages||296 (US paperback)|
400 (UK paperback)
|ISBN||0-375-70402-7 (US edition)|
ISBN 0-09-944882-3 (UK edition)
ISBN 4-06-203516-2 (JP edition)
|LC Class||PL856.U673 N6713 2000|
This novel is set in late 1960s Tokyo during a period when Japanese students, like those of many other nations, were protesting against the established order. While it serves as the backdrop against which the events of the novel unfold, Murakami (through the eyes of Watanabe and Midori) portrays the student movement as largely weak-willed and hypocritical.
Murakami adapted the first section of the novel from an earlier short story, "Firefly". The story was subsequently included in the collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.
Norwegian Wood was hugely popular with Japanese youth and made Murakami something of a superstar in his native country (apparently much to his dismay at the time).
A film adaptation with the same title was released in 2010, directed by Tran Anh Hung.