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Norwegian Wood ノルウェイの森 (1987)

"But who can say what's best? That's why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives."

-- by Haruki Murakami


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Friday 7th March 2014 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Covers .

US and UK covers for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami:


Thursday 20th February 2014 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will be published in English in the UK and US in August.

Haruki Murakami's UK publisher has announced that the Japanese author's latest novel, which is currently topping charts in Germany, Spain and Holland, will be released in August in the UK.

Harvill Secker said that Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage would be published in English on 12 August, in a translation from Philip Gabriel. The book sold one million copies in its first week on sale in Japan last April, and new translations in German, Spanish and Dutch are already topping bestseller lists, according to the publisher.

More from the Guardian


Monday 20th May 2013 - When it comes to publishing Haruki Murakami in English, nothing is lost in translation

From The Asahi Shimbun

It l ooks like we will have to till late next year for Tsukuru Tazaki in English. Philip Gabriel a professor of Japanese literature at the University of Arizona, is translating for a 2014 release.

Also, Jay Rubin, a former Harvard University professor of Japanese literature, is currently translating Murakami's "Ozawa Seiji-san to, Ongaku ni Tsuite Hanashi o Suru" (Talking with Seiji Ozawa about music), which was published in in Japan in 2011.

Lost in Translation? Article in translation by Roland Kelts from the New Yorker

Also Murakami is on the cover of the current Newsweek Japan. (Japanese only I'm afraid)


Thursday 9th May 2013 - Murakami's Rare Public Apperance on May 6 at Kyoto University.

Author Murakami acknowledges writing each character in detail for the first time - The Asahi Shimbun

Murakami: Storytelling of Russian masters a great influence - The Asahi Shimbun

Haruki Murakami Speaks in Kyoto, Deepens Spell on Japan, by Jonathan DeHart. The Diplomat


Saturday 27th April 2013 - Even More Tazaki Tsukuru articles

Mystery, loss fuel Murakami sales - Novel's initial secrecy, story's ties to 3/11 spur huge success - Japan Times

LITERARY LOOKING GLASS: 4 Murakami fans--4 perspectives on latest novel - The Asahi Shimbun


Monday 22nd April 2013 - More Tazaki Tsukuru articles

How Murakami's latest novel sold 1-M in 7 days - abs-cbnnews.com

New Haruki Murakami novel creates surge in classical music sales by Rosuke Kamba, The Asahi Shimbun


Monday 15th April 2013 - First reviews

First review by CHIAKI YOSHIMURA - Senior Staff Writer - Asahi Shimbun

Haruki Murakami's new novel challenges us to confront our pasts by Atsushi Sasaki, Asahi Shimbun


Friday 12th April 2013 - Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi released in Japan

Haruki Murakami’s new book is the tale of a man who tries to overcome his sense of loss and isolation, which has accumulated in the dark part of his heart.

More coverage for the books release:

The Guardian

The Telegraph

Washington Post

Japan Daily Press


Friday 29th March 2013 - New Haruki Murakami novel sets internet pre-order record in Japan

Scheduled for release in Japan on April 12th, the new novel, titled Shikisai or motanai to Tsukuru Tasaki, Kare Junrei no toshi no (“The faded Tsukuru Tasaki and year of his pilgrimage”), received over 10,000 reservations on Amazon.com in only 11 days.


Tuesday 19th February 2013 - Murakami to publish new novel in April

Asahi Shimbun reports that Murakami is to release his first novel since 1Q84 in April.

No news when an English translation will be published or even who will be translating this time. Watch this space...

The Japan Daily Press also has some coverage


Monday 14th January 2013 - Murakami Diary iphone app

To celebrate the publication of Murakami’s 1Q84 in paperback, Vintage Books and Aimer Media have created Murakami Diary, which "enables you to inhabit Murakami’s beguiling fictional universe all year round".

- Includes six uncollected and exclusive short stories by Murakami.
- Quotations from Murakami’s thirteen backlist titles and from his new trilogy 1Q84, selected by his fans and Murakami-approved.
- Cover artwork from the newly designed backlist and the new book 1Q84.
- Add, organise and delete events quickly and easily.
- Share favourite quotes via email, Facebook or Twitter.



Friday 5th October 2012 - New Vintage Murakami covers by Noma Bar

Vintage has redesigned its Haruki Murakami backlist and commissioned illustrator Noma Bar to recover each of the Japanese author's books.

Vintage Books Design Tumblr

Creative review piece

Nice article on the new design from Design Taxi


Tuesday 2nd October 2012 - Murakami wades into the China - Japan Island dispute

The Japan Times
The Guardian


Tuesday 23rd November 2011 - Even more 1Q84 reviews

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)

Slate has a nice article on Which Books by Haruki Murakami Should I Read First? By Nathan Heller


Tuesday 15th November 2011 - A few more 1Q84 reviews

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 Hartnett


Tuesday 8th November 2011 - Round up of yet more 1Q84 reviews

NY Times Sunday Book Review
NY Times Blog
The Daily Beast
Salon.com blog
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Also worth checking out is an interview with Jay Rubin from Harvard's The Crimson


Tuesday 1st November 2011 - Round up of some of the many 1Q84 reviews

San Fancisco Chronicle
The Guardian
The Guardian (Comment is free)
Financial Times
Daily Telegraph
Wall Street Journal
LA Times
The National Post (Canada)
The Age (Australia)
The Millions
The Globe and Mail
Kansas City Star
Herald Sun (Australia)
The Mercury News
The Independent
St Louis Today

Friday 28th October 2011 - A couple of interesting articles on 1Q84 translators Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel

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)

Monday 24th October 2011 - Great interviews from The Guardian and New York Times

'I took a gamble and survived' Guardian interview with Murakami to coinside with the publication of 1Q84

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami - New York Times interview with Murakami to coinside with the publication of 1Q84

Murakami's Tokyo - The New York Times' Sam Anderson visited some key places from Murakami’s life and work.

Also worth checking out is a nice article on AsiaOne by O Thiam Chin: "An obsession with Murakami"


Friday 7th October 2011 - 1Q84 - download a free sampler of the first two chapters.

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

Amazon Kindle


Tuesday 11th October 2011 - 1Q84 will be released in Australia on 1st November

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 $39.95


Friday 7th October 2011 - 1Q84 - download a free sampler of the first two chapters.

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


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


The Book Bench: This Week in Fiction: Haruki Murakami

Murakami chats with the New Yorker Magazine's fiction editor


Brief anticipatory pieces from the Guardian and Independent


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


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


Friday 8th April 2011 - UK Cover for 1Q84

Harvill Secker have released the cover for the UK edition of 1Q84. Harvill Secker have decided to release the book in two volumes - volume one will contain English translation by of Volumes one and two of the Japanese edition by Jay Rubin.This will be released on 25th October 2011.

The third volume, translated by Philip Gabriel, corresponds to the Japanese third volume. I've seen this listed as been published on the same date as the first volume - 25th October, but it's listed on the UK amazon site as being published on 24th November. More news as I get it.

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


Thursday 29th March 2011 -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


Sorry for the lack of updates for a while. My wife and I have just had a baby - little Annabel, and there hasn't been any time for updates. I do usually manage to post news and links to the Facebook group. So if you haven't joined, it's well worth doing.


Wednesday 27th October 2010 - Asahi Weekly interview with Jay Rubin

Jay Rubin has translated many of the novels of Haruki Murakami into English and is now translating Murakami's latest book, "1Q84."

In an interview with ASAHI WEEKLY, Rubin, 68, discussed Murakami's literary style, his impressions of the writer and other issues surrounding the translation of Murakami's works.


Tuesday 26th October 2010 - First-time director takes on Murakami

The Japan Times interviews Robert Logevall first-time director of "All God's Children Can Dance" (2007)


Tuesday 27th July 2010 - Norwegian Wood (2010) Teaser


Wednesday 5th May 2010 - The Mainichi Daily News 1Q84 articles

Over the past week or two, The Mainichi Daily News has had a few articles on 1Q84 Book 3 which are worth checking out:

1Q84 Book 3' a hopeful and satisfying conclusion to Haruki Murakami's trilogy

Murakami's latest installment of '1Q84' series becomes publisher's fastest-selling book


Tuesday 20th April 2010 - The knock-on effect of Murakami’s “1Q84” series

An excellent article by Daniel Morales (howtojaponese) on 1Q84 Book 3 has been published on the Japan Times - Japan Pulse website.


Friday 16th April 2010 - 1Q84 Book 3 released today

Shinchosha have published the long awaited Book 3 of Murakami's 1Q84. 500,000 copies would hit bookstores today in Japan and 200,000 more copies would be printed this month.

There's been lots of media coverage, quite a bit of it in the English language press as well, which has supprised me - here's a few of the best:

The Mainichi Daily News
The Associated Press
CBC News
Goldsea Asian American Media

Daniel Morales (howtojaponese.com) is livetweeting his purchase and reading of 1Q84. Follow Daniel's progress: @howtojapanese. You may remember his live blog of Vol's 1 & 2


Tuesday 9th March 2010 - Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is scoring the soundtrack to the adaption of Norwegian Wood.

As someonewho's a fan of Murakami and Radiohead and loved Greenwoods score for There will be Blood, this is good news indeed. Read the Guardian's report