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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

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.

The New Yorker has published a short story, “The Wind Cave”, excerpted from the forthcoming novel, “Killing Commendatore.

Parallel Realities - In the New Yorker's This week in fiction, Haruki Murakami discusses the story and his forthcoming novel, “Killing Commendatore.” by Deborah Treisman




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

21 Haruki Murakami Quotes From His New Novel 'Killing Commendatore' - Bustle article by Charlotte Ahlin

Murakami's latest novel released in English to mixed reviews - Japan Today article


A rambling voyage of discovery - The Guardian review by Xan Brooks

His once and future life - Ruth Scurr on the complex landscape of Haruki Murakami’s fourteenth novel - Times Literary Supplement review by Ruth Scurr

In Haruki Murakami’s New Novel, a Painter’s Inspiration Is Supernatural - New Your Times review by Hari Kunzru

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

Haruki Murakami turns his gaze toward middle age - Washington Post review by Charles Finch

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami review – a sprawling Gatsby for the Google age - Observer review by Johanna Thomas-Corr

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami — a good read, but not Nobel-worthy - The Times review by James Marriott

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, review: riddles, rabbit-holes and mystery - The Telegraph review by Leo Robson

Art and Enchantment in Haruki Murakami’s “Killing Commendatore” - LA Review of Books review by Randy Rosenthal

‘Killing Commendatore’: Artistically Masterful But Long-Winded - Harvard Crimson review

Murakami’s latest novels blurs real and surreal to great effect - Toronto Star review by Robert Wiersema

‘Killing Commendatore’ by Haruki Murakami: Submerge yourself in this alternate reality - The Hindu review by Carlo Pizzati

Haruki Murakami’s new novel lies between alternate worlds, with no clear answers, as usual - review by Ranjit Mankeshwar

Has Haruki Murakami Written His First Jewish Novel? Kind Of - Forward review by Julia M. Klein

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is a dark metaphysical fancy - Evening standard review by Ian Thomson

Murakami returns to his sweet spot in Killing Commendatore - EW review by David Canfield

Haruki Murakami's novel of art, magic and mystery - Sydney Morning Herald review by Ronnie Scott

A Japanese Gatsby in a subconscious Wonderland - Irish Times review by Eleanor O’Reilly

Gatsby in Japan: Killing Commendatore - the Spectator review by reviewed Anne Margaret Daniel

Murakami slips out of balance in his latest novel - Boston Globe review by Priscilla Gilman

Murakami’s usual flights of fancy can’t save the mundane Killing Commendatore - AV review by Bradley Babendir

Haruki Murakami has built a new labyrinth of a novel. But is it dated? - Houston Chronicle review by Michael Magras