Sputnik Sweetheart
Haruki Murakami

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Narrated By: Adam Sims

Duration: 7 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

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Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.

Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished...

© Haruki Murakami 2001 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Genre

Modern and contemporary fiction, Fiction in translation, Contemporary romance, Narrative theme: Coming of age

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Sputnik Sweetheart has touched me deeper and pushed me further than anything I've read in a long time

Guardian

How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration

Independent on Sunday

A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors

Sunday Herald

Murakami has been compared to everyone from Raymond Carver to Raymond Chandler - which should tell you only one thing: he's unique

Independent

Confirms Murakami as a master of his craft... Out of this world