Haruki murakami “dance dance dance”


“An entertaining mix of modern sci-fi, nail-biting suspense, and ancient myth… a sometimes funny, sometimes sinister mystery spoof. . . [that] also aims at contemporary human concerns.” – Chicago Tribune

“The plot is addictive.” – Detroit Free Press

“There are novelists who dare to imagine the future, but none is as scrupulously, amusingly up-to-the-minute as… Murakami.” – Newsday

“[Dance Dance Dance] has the fascination of a well-written detective story combined with a surreal dream narrative. . . full of appealing, well-developed characters.”

– Philadelphia Inquirer

“A world-class writer who. . . takes big risks. … If Murakami is the voice of a generation, then it is the generation of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo.”

– Washington Post Book World

“All the hallmarks of Murakami’s greatness are here: restless and sensitive characters, disturbing shifts into altered reality, silky smooth turns of phrase and a narrative with all the momentum of a roller-coaster. . . . This is the sort of page-turner [Mishima] might have written.”

– Publishers Weekly

“[Murakami’s] writing injects the rock ‘n’ roll of everyday language into the exquisite silences of Japanese literary prose.” – Harper’s Bazaar

“One of the most exciting new writers to appear on the international scene.” – USA Today


Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and grew up in Kobe. He is the author of A Wild Sheep Chase; Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World; and The Elephant Vanishes. He lives with his wife in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


South of the Border, West of the Sun

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Dance Dance Dance


Elephant Vanishes

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

A Wild Sheep Chase

A novel by


Translated by Alfred Birnbaum

Vintage International


Vintage Books

A Division of Random House, Inc.

New York


Copyright © 1994 by Kodansha International Ltd.

By Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo, in 1988. This translation first published in the United States in hardcover by Kodansha America, Inc., New York, in 1994.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Murakami, Haruki, 1949- [ Dansu dansu dansu. English ]

Dance dance dance : a novel / by Haruki Murakami: translated by Alfred Birnbaum.

P. cm

ISBN 0-679-75379-6

I. Birnbaum, Alfred. II. Title

PL856. U673D3613 1995

895.6’35-dc20 94-34713


Author photograph © Jerry Bauer

Manufactured in the United States of America 13579886420

I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.

In these dreams, I’m there, implicated in some kind of ongoing circumstance. All indications are that I belong to this dream continuity.

The Dolphin Hotel is distorted, much too narrow. It seems more like a long, covered bridge. A bridge stretching endlessly through time. And there I am, in the middle of it. Someone else is there too, crying.

The hotel envelops me. I can feel its pulse, its heat. In dreams, I am part of the hotel.

I wake up, but where?

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Haruki murakami “dance dance dance”