Murakami and Brain-Munching Sheep


An old man takes the boy hostage and forces him to memorize a large number of books. The boy eventually realizes that the man plans to absorb the information he’s memorized by eating his brain. With the help of a strange girl and a man dressed as a sheep, the captive devises an escape plan.

There it is. The gist of the plot for Murakami’s new, 96-page novel, The Strange Library. Murakami’s last novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is currently at the very, very top of the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover fiction. So be sure to keep an eye out for his newest come December.

Casey Dayan is a Rumpus intern and musician. He is finishing up his undergraduate studies in literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is working on a memoir and trying to one-up Jeff Buckley. Find his twitter here, @caseydayan. Find his band, “Moo,” here. More from this author →