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1Q84 (単行本)

First published in Japan by Shinchosha. Book 1 (ISBN 978-4103534228, 554 pages) and Book 2 (ISBN 978-4103534235, 501 pages) were both published on May 29, 2009. Book 3 (ISBN 978-4103534259, 602 pages) was published on April 16, 2010

(in one volume)
Hardcover: 944 pages
Publisher: Knopf (October 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307593312
ISBN-13: 978-0307593313

(in two volumes)
Hardcover: 624 pages (Books 1&2)
Publisher: Harvill Secker (18th Oct 2011)
ISBN-10: 1846554071
ISBN-13: 978-1846554070

Hardcover: 368 pages (Book 3)
Publisher: Harvill Secker (25th Oct 2011)
ISBN-10: 1846554055
ISBN-13: 978-1846554056

The first two volumes translated by Jay Rubin and the third by Philip Gabriel

Order 1Q84 from Amazon US

Order 1Q84 Vol 1 from Amazon UK
Order 1Q84 Vol 2 from Amazon UK


1Q84 is released in Australia on 1st November,with all three books in one volume and using the UK cover:

RRP: $39.95, ISBN: 9781846555497,
Format:Hardback, Imprint:Harvill/Secker

It's also available as a ebook (epub format) for a very expensive $39.99






“1Q84” -- the letter Q and the number 9 have the same pronunciation in Japanese -- is Murakami’s first novel in more than four years. It opens with a woman named Aomame, which means “blue bean,” listening to Czech composer Leos Janacek’s “Sinfonietta” in a Toyota Crown Royal Saloon cab. The chapters alternate between Aomame and a male character named Tengo.

1Q84 is described as a "complex and surreal narrative" which "shifts back and forth between tales of two characters, a man and a woman, who are searching for each other." The themes consist of murder, history, cult religion, violence, family ties and love.

from amazon.co.uk

The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre 'proposal' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize.

A seventeen-year-old girl possessed of a mysterious beauty has just entered her first work of fiction to this competition but can't really be called a writer. Her story seems to be based on her own experiences, but it deviates greatly from what is expected of fiction and moves people in mysterious ways. Is her story really true? While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?


You can now download a free sampler of the first two chapters of 1Q84.(Sadly only available in the UK)

Amazon Kindle


1Q84's first chapter is on Facebook now. To access it, fans must "like" the Haruki Murakami Facebook page


1Q84 "trailer" from Knopf


The Book Bench: This Week in Fiction: Haruki Murakami

Murakami chats with the New Yorker Magazine's fiction editor


“Town of Cats”, an excerpt from 1Q84' has been publised by the New Yorker


Haruki Murakami's translator on what makes the pop-smash writer tick

Professor Jay Rubin tells us about his work on the upcoming English release of ‘1Q84’ and his original disinterest in Murakami


Brief anticipatory pieces from the Guardian and Independent


Tokyo Prose - Paul Theroux and Gasper Tringale spotlight Haruki Murakami, whose novel 1Q84 is epic in every way.


Chip Kidd Discusses the Book Jacket for Haruki Murakami’s Forthcoming Novel 1Q84

HM - 1q84 - Binding cover for 1Q84 underneath vellum jacket HM - 1Q84 - Composite of vellum jacket over binding cover on finished book HM - 1Q84 - Outer vellum jacket for 1Q84

“Having had the honor and pleasure of designing all of Haruki Murakami’s books in hardcover since The Elephant Vanishes, I was especially looking forward to working on 1Q84.........."

Very nice article on the design process for Chip Kidds cover for 1Q84


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reviews / articles

Round up of some of the many 1Q84 reviews

NY Times Sunday Book Review
NY Times Blog
The Daily Beast
Salon.com blog
San Fancisco Chronicle
The Guardian
The Guardian (Comment is free)
IQ84: A Murakami Novel Sans Murakami by Bryan Walsh (Time Magazine)
Altered Realities, Rearranged Lives by Charles R Larson (Counterpunch)
Knopf's High-End Print Package for '1Q84' Pays Off by Rachel Deahl (Publishers Weekly)
Daniel Morales 1Q84 Live Blog
'1Q84': What I write about when I write about writing by Steve Finbow (Japan Times)
Behind Murakami’s Mirror by Charles Baxter (NYRB)
Haruki Murakami- The secret to his success. Hint: It’s not great writing. by Nathan Heller (Slate)
1Q84: a brilliant and infuriating narrative by Luke Kennard (The National)
Financial Times
Daily Telegraph
Wall Street Journal
LA Times
The National Post (Canada)
The Age (Australia)
NYT - A Tokyo With Two Moons and Many More Puzzles By Janet Maslin
Slate - An Unearthly Love Story By Terrence Rafferty
The Millions - Reading 1Q84: The Case for Fiction in a Busy Life By Kevin Hartnet
The Millions
The Globe and Mail
Kansas City Star
Herald Sun (Australia)
The Mercury News
The Independent
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
St Louis Today

A couple of interesting articles on 1Q84 translators Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel

An interview with Jay Rubin from Harvard's The Crimson

Publishing Weekly - Six Questions for Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami's Translator, By Parul Sehgal

The Atlantic - How Haruki Murakami's '1Q84' Was Translated Into English (Philip Gabriel)

University of Arizona - UA Professor Helps Translate Eagerly Anticipated Novel (Philip Gabriel)


Murakami reveals plans for third installment of '1Q84' novel - In a interview with the Mainichi Daliy News, Japan Murakami reveals plans for third installment of '1Q84' novel. After printing over 2 million copies for part 1 and 2 Murakami hopes to have part 3 published next summer. Asked for his reason for continuing the story, Murakami said ' I began wondering how things were going to unfold, and realized I wanted to write the third book'

'1Q84' Is Murakami’s New Masterpiece - The Korea Times review by Chung Ah-young

Bloomberg reports that unprecedented demand for Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “1Q84,” has forced its Japanese publisher to double the first print run of the title, the company’s fastest-selling ever. Shinchosha Publishing Co. is doubling the first print run of Book 1 to 400,000 copies, and will also boost printing of Book 2 to 370,000 copies from 180,000.

New Murakami interview - Aum trials a starting point for 1Q84. From The Yomiuri Shimbun via Asia Daily News Online.

In the second part to Murakami's new interview - Sex, violence 'doors into the human soul' - with The Yomiuri Shimbun, he talks about 1Q84 and how society has changed since he was first published in 1979

Murakami's '1Q84': A delicately constructed parallel world - review from The Mainichi Daily News

Murakami reveals Orwell and Aum as twin inspirations for new novel - 1Q84 draws on his interviews with cult's victims and fulfils longheld ambition to write a kind of 'near-past' 1984 - by Alison Flood, The Guardian 26th June 2009

What is the parallel world in Murakami's new novel '1Q84' - The Mainichi Daily News answers common questions readers may have about the parallel world discussed in Haruki Murakami's new novel "1Q84."

Loss and Recovery 1q84 and Murakami's Sunken Continent - Daniel MORALES has just published on Neojaponisme an essential article/review on 1Q84

Daniel Morales at howtojaponese.com is live blogging the release over the weekend. You can read more about the live blog here and here and follow Daniels progress from the main page of his site.

Daniel has also posted an interesting note about the speculation around with novels subject matter. I would highly recommend checking out Daniel's site.

The Millions entery on the release - check out the comments for an interesting discussion on when the English translation will appear and if it will be cut in size, like A Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Also there's more on the 1Q84 specilation by Ben Dooley at The Millions

There's been a supprising amount of English language coverage - most stating how, even before 1Q84 hits the stores, Murakami's new novel is a hit in Japan .

- The Guardian
- Los Angeles Times
- Associated Press
- Mainichi Daily News
- Japan Probe (Video)
- San Francisco Chronicle
- The Australian
- Christian Science Monitor
- CBC News
- Wikipedia Page

shinchosha's official 1Q84 site

Scott Esposito take on the new novel in Conversational Reading

Why Murakami's best-selling '1Q84' is worth the wait" - Nice article detailing 1Q84's plot, in Sunday 5th July's Japan Times by Matthew Chozick