Murakami’s 1st novel in 6 years hits stores in April

A new Haruki Murakami novel will be published in April, and the publisher is saying little about it, except that the Japanese manuscript is about 1,200 pages long and the plot involves “a story that had long been sealed away.”

WithMARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press

TOKYO — A new Haruki Murakami novel will be published in April, and the publisher is saying little about it, except that the Japanese manuscript is about 1,200 pages long and the plot involves “a story that had long been sealed away.”

“The City and Its Uncertain Walls” will be released on April 13 in both print and digital formats, Shinchosha Publishing Co. said in a statement on Wednesday. The availability of an English translation is not yet known.

In a short promotional and cryptic teaser, the publisher said: “I have to go to town. Whatever happens. A locked ‘story’ begins to move quietly as if ‘old dreams’ are awakening and unfolding in an isolated archive.’

He added that the book is an “exciting, 100% pure Murakami world.”

The publisher’s staff said plot details are being withheld because many Murakami fans say they prefer to start reading his books without knowing what they are about.

It is unknown if the new novel is related to Murakami’s 1980 story of the same title that was published in a literary magazine but never released as a book.

The novel is Murakami’s first since the release of ‘Kishidancho Goroshi’ or ‘Killing Commendatore’ in February 2017.

A perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Murakami, 74, published his debut book, Hear the Wind Sing, in 1979 while running a jazz bar in Tokyo. His 1987 romance “Norwegian Wood” became his first bestseller, establishing him as a young literary star. Known for his magical realism, Murakami has also written bestsellers such as “A Wild Sheep Chase,” “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” and “1Q84.” His latest, “Killing Commendatore,” sold more than a million copies.

A library dedicated to Murakami’s writings, scrapbooks and record collection opened in 2021 at his alma mater, Waseda University, in Tokyo as a place for literary research and cultural exchange and a gathering point for his fans.

Murakami is an avid music collector who appreciates genres ranging from classical to jazz and rock, and music serves as an important motif in many of his stories. As of 2018, Murakami hosts a show called “Murakami Radio” on Tokyo FM, in which he plays some of his favorite music and provides occasional humorous commentary and musical tidbits. At times he has also spoken out against political leaders.

(tags For Translation) Literature

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