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Killing Commendatore - Haruki Murakami

Hardcover Published: 10th October 2018
ISBN: 9781787300194
Number Of Pages: 704

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The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84.

In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.

A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art – as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby – Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

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"It's safe to say that there's no one like Murakami" * Literary Review *
"Murakami's reality has many sides; some plain, some fancy. Translators Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen capture every colour on this mind-altering palette. No other author mixes domestic, fantastic and esoteric elements into such weirdly bewitching shades. Murakami's "Land of Metaphor" remains a country where wonders never cease" -- Boyd Tonkin * Financial Times *
"Wild, thrilling. . . Murakami is a master storyteller and he knows how to keep us hooked" * Sunday Times *
"Exhilarating. . . . Only in the calm madness of his magical realism can Murakami truly capture one of his obsessions, the usually ineffable yearning that drives a person to make art" * Washington Post *
"Expansive and intricate . . . touches on many of the themes familiar in Mr. Murakami's novels: the mystery of romantic love, the weight of history, the transcendence of art, the search for elusive things just outside our grasp" * New York Times *

ISBN: 9781787300194
ISBN-10: 1787300196
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 10th October 2018
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 6.0
Weight (kg): 1.22

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Haruki Murakami

About the Author


Legend has it that on a warm day in Spring 1974 while watching a baseball game Murakami-san had the inspiration to write his first novel, later called Hear the Wind sing.

It won him his first Literary award and is part of The Trilogy of the Rat together with Pinball 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase .

His career as an writer took off fast and a steady flow of Novels, Short Stories, Articles and Documentaries followed.

The fact that he spent a good part of his life outside Japan, mainly in the US and southern Europe, is maybe the key factor of his growing worldwide success.

The stories and settings are familiar to Westerners and yet there is a distinctive Japanese touch.

Visit Haruki Murakami's Booktopia Author Page