Key Features Includes stories by Raymond Carver, Russell Banks, Ethan Canin, Paul Theroux, Denis Johnson and others Murakami's magnum opus, the trilogy 1Q84, was published by Harvill Secker in 2011 to rapturous reviews and his best-ever hardback sales: both volumes were Sunday Times bestsellers and combined hardback sales are nearly at 180,000 copies. Murakami's entire backlist will be rejacketed in a new iconic, witty and collectable series style to coincide with the publication of 1Q84 in Vintage About the Book: Birthday Stories A collection of twelve birthday stories from some of the most distinguished authors of recent years. Selected and introduced by Haruki Murakami. In this enviable gathering, Haruki Murakami has chosen for hisparty some of the very best short story writers of recent years,each with their own birthday experiences, each story a snapshot oflife on a single day. Including stories by Russell Banks, EthanCanin, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, ClaireKeegan, Andrea Lee, Daniel Lyons, Lynda Sexson, Paul Theroux,William Trevor and Haruki Murakami, this anthology captures a rangeof emotions evoked by advancing age and the passing of time, fromevents fondly recalled to the impact of appalling tragedy. Previously published in a Japanese translation by HarukiMurakami, this English edition contains a specially writtenintroduction. About the Author: Haruki Murakami Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives nearTokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories andnon-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up BirdChronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk AboutWhen I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into morethan forty languages, and the most recent of his many internationalhonours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients includeJ.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul. Reviews 'The perfect year-round present' - Time Out 'Brilliant.