Haruki Murakami releases new book

Acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami has released a new book entitled The City and Its Uncertain Walls. Released in Japan, the Japanese reception has reportedly been overwhelming.

However, the rest of the world will have to wait for the book’s translation.

According to Euronews, it is Murakami’s first novel in six years since Killing Commendatore, and is also his longest, running to over a thousand pages – significantly more than his previous dystopia tome IQ84.

The outlet reports that from a bookstore in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, copies of the new book were quickly snapped up.

“I want to read it as soon as I get home. Although I’d like to savour every sentence, I’ll probably devour it in one sitting,” Shunsuke Mitsumoto, a 39-year-old fan who was among the first to snatch up a copy after sales opened at midnight, told AFP.

The 74-year-old author, who wrote this new novel in isolation during the pandemic, has made his name through his broad array of internationally successful books from his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood and through works like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore, as well as essay collections like What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.


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