Murakami Haruki's New Novel Released in Japan


Tokyo, Feb. 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese novelist Murakami Haruki's new two-volume novel, Kishidanchō goroshi (Killing Commendatore) hit bookstore shelves in Japan on Friday.

The new Murakami Haruki novel Kishidanchō goroshi, (Killing Commendatore) at a Tsutaya store in Daikanyama, Shibuya, Tokyo, on February 24, 2017. (© Jiji)

Ardent Murakami fans, often called Harukists, lined up at bookstores Thursday night to get hold of the new novel right after the stroke of midnight (3 pm GMT).

This is the first multi-volume novel in about seven years for Murakami, often mentioned as a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, since 1Q84, a three-volume novel published between 2009 and 2010.

A Tsutaya bookstore in Tokyo's upscale Daikanyama district held a countdown talk event to commemorate the novel's release.

In the event, copies of the new novel stacked up like a tower were unveiled as the clock struck midnight, and nearly 100 fans lined up in front of cash registers.

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