A young man accompanies his cousin to the hospital to check an unusualhearing complaint and recalls a story of a woman put to sleep by tinyflies crawling inside her ear; a mirror appears out of nowhere and anightwatchman is unnerved as his reflection tries to take control of him;a couple's relationship is unbalanced after dining exclusively onexquisite crab while on holiday; a man follows instructions on the back ofa postcard to apply for a job, but an unknown password stands between himand his m..ysterious employer. In each one of these stories Murakamisidesteps the real and sprints for the surreal. Everyday events aretranscended, leaving the reader dazzled by this master of his craft. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is Murakami's most eclectic collection ofstories to date, spanning five years of his writing. An introductionexplains the diversity of the author's choice.