Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Variety is a part and parcel of all companionship. And because there are all kinds of people making different choices, there is always a possibility of something unusual, magical even, happening to a rather ordinary person. Do we manifest it ourselves? Or are we puppets entertaining our most intuitive and intimate fantasies?

In Sputnik Sweetheart, the surreal quality of human nature is illuminated. The quality of expecting anything from life. The quality of manifesting the deepest sorrow and happiness into versions of ourselves and sharing them with the universe.

What the book is also about is the comprehension of desire and how it is not only found but constructed by us. The delicate details of the book, its imagination, and magical realism are all interconnected with who we are. And this appeals to one’s feelings and deepest melancholy in a way that can only be intensified with storytelling.

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