The new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went
on sale in Japan--from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since 1Q84
In high school, Tsukuru Tazaki belonged to an extremely tight-knit group of friends who pledged to stay together forever. But when Tsukuru returns home from his first year of college in Tokyo, he finds that they want nothing to do with him. Something has changed, but nobody will tell him what - and he never sees them again.
Years later, Tsukuru has become a successful engineer, but is also something of a loner. It is only when he begins dating an older woman named Sara that he confesses the story of this mysterious betrayal and the shadow it has cast over his life. She becomes convinced that Tsukuru must track down his old group to try to answer the question that has haunted him all these years, creating a hole inside of him: Why did they suddenly turn on him?
Tsukuru searches out his old friends, and as the truth reveals itself, he must confront the simmering emotional undercurrents that the group had suppressed in order to reach their ideal of perfect friendship - and in order to find himself.
About the Author
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, and 1Q84. His work has been translated into more than forty languages and he has received many honours, including the Franz Kafka Prize. His most recent novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, sold one million copies in its first week of publication in Japan.
"A naturalistic coming-of-age story... sprinkled with strange images and written in a hauntingly mournful key" Guardian "[Murakmi's] elegant, frugal prose creates a tale of courage and hope as Tsukuru tries to unlock the secrets of his past" Stylist "A rich and even brilliant piece of work... Genuinely resonant and satisfying" -- James Walton Spectator "This is a book for both the new and experienced reader...[it] reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation" -- Patti Smith New York Times "Murakami's prose seamlessly fuses folksiness and profundity... A harmonious blend of naivety and riddling sophistication'" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent