Short Story Sunday: Kino

Kino” written by Haruki Murakami (and translated by Philip Gabriel)is a story about a man named Kino going through the aftermath of a divorce. After finding his wife cheating on him with one of his coworkers, Kino quits his job and opens a small bar in Tokyo. But though he thinks that he is getting along well, he finds that he is only managing to do so because he’s been repressing his emotions.

As with most Murakami stories, there is a kind of magical realism that’s at work in the story. Though it’s difficult to pinpoint anything specifically supernatural happening, there are several strange events that take place. It’s this sort of mysterious, ethereal quality that I find makes his stories such a joy to read. Hopefully you enjoy this tale as much as I did.


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