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“Kafka on the Shore” is a novel written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It was first published in 2002. The story revolves around two parallel narratives that eventually converge.

One storyline follows Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old boy who runs away from his home in Tokyo to escape an Oedipal prophecy and his father’s dark influence. He takes on the name “Kafka” and ends up in a quiet library in Takamatsu, where he meets an enigmatic private investigator named Mr. Nakata.

The second storyline follows Nakata, an elderly man who lost his memory during a mysterious incident in his childhood. Despite his cognitive limitations, Nakata has the ability to communicate with cats. His journey intertwines with Kafka’s in unexpected ways.

Throughout the novel, Murakami weaves elements of magical realism, mythology, and philosophy. Dreams, fate, and the subconscious mind play significant roles in the narrative. “Kafka on the Shore” explores themes of identity, family, loneliness, and the search for meaning in a complex and surreal world.