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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami is out, go get it, it's good. Twenty-four short stories, some reprints but plenty new. My only gripe is the title, which feels like a marketing brain fart. A lazy tag-along on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, maybe? I suspect that the American publisher came up with it rather than the author, as Murakami notes in the the intro that the five most recent stories were collected in Japan as Strange Tales from Tokyo.
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The British version was issued under that title as early as July; I saw many, many copies of it in bookstores in (surprisingly Murakami-obsessed) Norway.
I guess that shoots my theory. Dang, I was all prepared to blame Knopf.

I wonder how and why author pick up followings in some places but not others. Jonathan Carroll, who writes good stuff with a somewhat similar feel to it, has barely cult/lower-midlist status in the US, but he's a major star in Poland.