When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset; a couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's; a woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden; an insomniac wife wakes up to a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death.
In every one of the stories that make up The Elephant Vanishes, Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.
He has a deadpan genius for dislocating realities to uncover the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary in the ordinary.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 08/02/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099448754