New Murakami Novel Coming in Summer
Publish Date : Wednesday 19 February 2014 - 14:59
Haruki Murakami's UK publisher has announced that the Japanese author's latest novel, which is currently topping charts in Germany, Spain and Holland, will be released in August in the UK.
According to The Guardian, Harvill Secker said that 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' would be published in English on 12 August, in a translation from Philip Gabriel. The book sold one million copies in its first week on sale in Japan last April, and new translations in German, Spanish and Dutch are already topping bestseller lists, according to the publisher.
'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' is the story of a man whose four best high school friends, Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White and Miss Black, ostracise him - he is colourless, because his name is the only one without a kanji symbol for a colour. It is, translator Gabriel told the Australian last year, "more tightly focused" than previous books by the author.
"'1Q84' was much more epic in scope, while Tsukuru Tazaki is more lapidary, more tightly focused on one person's journey," he said. Murakami's UK publisher, Liz Foley at Harvill Secker, predicted the novel would " inspire a whole new raft of fans for his work".
According to the Bookseller, Murakami's previous novels – including 'Norwegian Wood', 'Kafka on the Shore' and 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' – have sold almost one-and-a-half million copies in the UK, with 'Norwegian Wood' the most popular.
Harvill Secker said that, including ebooks and overseas sales, it had sold just over 400,000 copies of Murakami's epic 2011 romance '1Q84' Books One , Two and Three.