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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.

Industry Reviews

"[An] overwhelmingly rich novel... Killing Commendatore... will only burnish [Murakami's] reputation, barely rivalled since the days of Dickens, as the living novelist who best combines literary excellence and commercial popularity. *****" -- Leo Robson * Daily Telegraph *
"With phenomenal energy and verve... What makes [Murakami's] voice so distinctive, and so captivating, is the mix of precise observation, clarity and deadpan humour... Murakami is a master storyteller and he knows how to keep us hooked" -- Christina Patterson * Sunday Times *
"I found it totally gripping with scarcely a dull page, the loose ends enhancing its mystery. An absorbing work by a great writer" -- William Hartston * Daily Express *
"It's safe to say that there's no one like Murakami" -- Anthony Cummins * Literary Review *
"Written in a simple, readable style that leaves you free to concentrate on the weirdness of the content... There is no other writer able to give us the fix that his unique qualities provide" -- Jake Kerridge * Sunday Express *

Loved it!


I am a big Murakami fan and this story didn't disappoint. Not my all time favourite of his (maybe that would be wind up bird chronicle or 1Q84....) but I look forward to reading it again after a substantial gap.

Wilsons Creek


If you are a fan of Murakami buy this book


I am a serious fan of Haruki Murakami's narrative and of magical realism, and have read most of his latest books. I read Killing Commendatore against a copy of the audio version so I had a double dosage of the story. Double pleasure and also double anxiety when the story lengthened gratuitously. Murakami is a master at developing his characters, although in his latest books, his male protagonists are very much the same: a metrosexual man with enough sensitivity to wander off into other dimensions and come out unscathed. Having said that, I believe this book needs to be read if you are a fan of Murakami and like cats (like me). The upside of the book: a close up of the process of creating and the seamless ability to cross over realities. The downside: a bit too long. What saves this story is that Murakami has such clear writing style that there is no risk in misinterpreting his quirky metaphors and his play with ideas.



spooky and clever


loved this book from start to finish. the story is spooky and beautiful. even the cover makes you stop and think about the book.





How can you describe Murakami's dream-like style. I'm always grateful to see another of his books on the shelves - now addicted!

Mooroolbark, Victoria


Killing Commendatore

4.5 4


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

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