Sputnik Sweetheart (1999) Edit


Author: Haruki Murakami Edit

Original title: スプートニクの恋人, Supūtoniku no Koibito Edit

Genres: Novel, Fiction, Speculative fiction Edit

Translator: Philip Gabriel Edit

Country: Japan Edit

Language: Japanese Edit

Publisher: Kōdansha Edit

Publication date: 1999 Edit

Pages: 229 Edit

ISBN: 1-86046-825-X Edit

“K.”, falls in love with his best friend Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated business woman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, “K” is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.

Characters: Edit

  • K.: He’s an elementary school teacher who’s only close to Sumire, who he met in college. He loves her, and knows she won’t ever love him.
  • Sumire: College drop out and aspiring novelist, she is a 22-year-old woman who lives a messy life, devoted to writing and without schedules, until she meets Miu and falls in love with her.
  • Miu: An elegant, 40-year-old woman. She is unable of feeling sexual attraction, and has completely white hair. These are both consecuences of a traumatic even that happened 14 years ago.