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Killing Commendatore


第1部 顕れるイデア編

Kishidancho Goroshi

First published in Japan by Shinchosha (2017)

(Published in two 500-page volumes)

English translation by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen.

US edition published by Knopf (October 9, 2018) :
Hardcover: 688 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525520047

UK edition published by Harvill Secker (9 Oct. 2018)
Hardcover: 608 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1787300194

Coming October 9, 2018

The novel is a two-part story in one volume – Part 1: The Idea Made Visible and Part 2: The Shifting Metaphor.

The ambitious major new novel from this internationally celebrated writer, on the scale of his bestselling 1Q84 The painter's wife has left him for a younger man. Taking some time away from Tokyo, he starts looking after the empty house of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. Not long after he moves in, a scraping sound in the attic leads him to find a carefully wrapped canvas, labelled 'Killing Commendatore'. This unusual painting leads him to delve into Amada's life story and those of his neighbours. It also brings him into contact with a strange parallel universe, from which the Commendatore himself emerges. When his neighbour's daughter vanishes, the painter must embark on a quest that leads him back to a tragedy in his own past. A profound engagement with art and its creation, Killing Commendatore asks whether confronting the past can ever bring comfort, or just more pain? Ambitious, haunting, and multi-layered, it is reminiscent of Murakami's masterpiece The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and takes his narrative art in new and exciting directions. (from

An epic tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art — as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby — and a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.




How Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore Cover Came Together, Vulture article by Lila Shapiro - feature on Chip Kidd's cover for the US edition of the new novel

Shinchosha's website for the novel

'Killing Commendatore' a shift from loss to renewal: Haruki Murakami interview

Odawara, locale of latest novel by Murakami, eyes chance windfall - , Asahi Shimbun by EIICHI MURANO

The Book Design of Haruki Murakami’s “Killing Commendatore”

Fans converge on bookstores to snap up Haruki Murakami’s latest work - Japan Times by Daisuke Kikuchi

What to prepare for when you’re expecting one of Murakami’s mammoths - Japan Times special by Daniel Morales

Conquering ‘Commendatore’: Murakami brandishes familiar lexicon in latest novel - Japan Times article on how Murakami’s language has evolved over his careers by Daniel Morales


‘Killing Commendatore’: Murakami’s latest lacks inspired touch of earlier works - Japan Times review by Daniel Morales