Asian studies in Lithuania
Original language: Japanese
Translated from: English
Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Saukaitytė, Dalia, Daškus, Marius, Dyke, Milda, Jomantienė, Irena
Full translated source bibliographical description:

Murakami, Haruki. A Wild Sheep Chase. Vintage, 2003.

ISBN: (Lietuvių) 978995523638
Published in: Vilnius
Published on: 2013
Publisher: Baltos Lankos

A Wild Sheep chase is the third of so called Trilogy of the Rat. It is a very contraversial and surrealistic story that is full of unexplained mysteries. At first, there is an ordinary daily life of divorsed 30 year old man, that is nothing special at all. Suddenly, everything messes up. There shows up a woman with magically seductive ears, also, a friend from the past. That friend sends him a picture of a sheep, actually, lots of sheeps in the mountains road valley, one of the sheeps was special. The picture was supposed to be used for the commercial of one client, also, it makes one of the biggest Japan\’s bussines mans out of his mind. After all of that, the professor which is crazy about sheeps shows up. Finally in the valley of Hokaido mountains appears a Sheepman. Everything is covered by some kind of maniacal idea of ruling the world.

Strange fact is, that a sheep (central figure of a novel) – totally outlandish animal in Japan. Even today sheeps can be found only in the North of Japan, in the island of Hokaido, they were brought there only at the end of XIX century.

Haruki Murakami (gim. 1949) – one of the most important postmodernistic literature writers. His works are valued and interpreted in different ways. Music and literature that came from the West made an undeniable influence on his works. H. Murakami’s prose – has nothing in common between classical Japanese literature. If we look more precisely – H. Murakami prose has nothing related with Japan as itself. The names of places in Japan is the only thing that reminds us that the plot is in the Land of the Rising Sun. When the names of the places are gone, there are no relations or hints to Japan. Even the heroes of Haruki Murakami do not have any national features. Like purposely, author even does not mention their names.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU