[She repeated the words in her mind: When the fire goes out, you’ll start feeling the cold. You’ll wake up whether you want to or not.] Then she curled herself against him and dropped into a fleeting, but deep, sleep.
— Haruki Murakami, from “Landscape with Flatiron” in After the Quake
But really," she said, "you’re just at the beginning.
— Haruki Murakami, from “UFO in Kushiro”
All that is left to me is the sound of the snow underfoot.
— Haruki Murakami, from Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
, translated by Alfred Birnbaum
[One morning, the doctor notices that the dark kidney-shaped stone has disappeared from her desk.] And she knows: it won’t be coming back.
— Haruki Murakami, from “The Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day”, in Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman,
translated by Philip Gabriel