IBNA- A new Persian translation of 'Killing Commendatore' (2017), a voluminous novel by internationally acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami which creates a subtle balance between tradition and individual talent has been recently published.
The novel which was first published in two volumes, ‘The Idea Made Visible’ and 'The Shifting Metaphor' has been translated into Persian by Assadollah Haghani under the title ‘The Man who Wanted to Portray Doom’ who believes this book is the tour de force of Haruki Murakami. Sales Publishing in Tehran has published the book in 1020 pages.
The earlier Persian version was translated by Forouzandeh Dolatyari, released by Jami Publishing and displayed in Iranian bookstores in 2019.
The New York Times commented on the book: “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.”
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 previously unseen 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 saga 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 the greatest living writers.
The novel, however, received negative reviews as well. For instance, Bradley Babendir from The A.V. Club criticized the book for lacking the "particular energy" that is seen through Murakami's other impressive stories, and that his "attempt to explore the artistic process, unfortunately, lacks insight."