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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami, written over 25 years. Most of these stories are quintessential Murakami stories, that veer towards surrealism with thoughts and plot lines that seem to wander aimlessly while subtly delivering their message. The stories include a man who takes his cousin to a clinic because of deafness in one ear and remembers a story of a woman whom was inflicted with flies that crawled in through her ears and ate her from the inside, a couple who eat only crabs while on holiday in Singapore, a man who writes a story about a poor aunt and then is cursed with one of this own who latches on to him, and a nightwatchman who is in peril from his own reflection in a mirror. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman has received mostly positive reviews with The Guardian saying, "The stories in this collection have all of Murakami's characteristic strangeness, but they combine the strangeness with structure. They show him at his very best; not as a cult novelist but as a really first-rate writer of short fiction."