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  • Published: 1 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780099590378
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $26.99
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage




A mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood

A mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.

Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780099590378
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Haruki Murakami

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami’s unique and addictive fictional universe.

Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry. In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami’s place as one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

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Praise for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

“A naturalistic coming-of-age story… sprinkled with strange images and written in a hauntingly mournful key”

Guardian

“[Murakmi’s] elegant, frugal prose creates a tale of courage and hope as Tsukuru tries to unlock the secrets of his past”

Stylist

“Critics have variously likened Murakami to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon – a roster so ill-assorted to suggest he is in fact an original”

New York Times

“A rich and even brilliant piece of work… Genuinely resonant and satisfying”

James Walton, Spectator

“This is a book for both the new and experienced reader....[it] reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation”

Patti Smith, New York Times

“Murakami’s prose seamlessly fuses folksiness and profundity… A harmonious blend of naivety and riddling sophistication’”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“Neat, economical, even minimalist... surprisingly painful and poignant”

Literary Review

“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves”

New York Times Book Review

“Delicately crafted masterpiece”

The List

“Remarkable… Spellbinding… [Murakami] is ever alert to minds and hearts…and to humanity’s abiding and indomitable spirit”

Marie Arana, Washington Post

“This may be a radical change in style for the author, but not in quality”

Grazia

“A book for both the new and experienced Murakami reader… There are moments of epiphany gracefully expressed… Reveals another side of Murakami”

Patti Smith, Scotsman

“A fascinating exploration of who we are [and] the delusions necessary to navigate the world around us”

Irish Independent

“A wonderfully imaginative and intimate book”

Viv Groskop, Red

“Infused with emotional generosity and the spirit of forgiveness”

Ruth Scurr, Times Literary Supplement

“Murakami has once again produced a perfect gem”

Good Book Guide

“Murakami weaved his mesmeric story-telling power once again with this new book…but still bearing the unmistakable purity of prose, economy of expression and simplicity of style that characterise his writing”

Bay

“A mysterious story about friendship, heartbreak and confronting the past, this book is surreal, existential and, therefore, classic Murakami”

Dan Lewis, Travel Guide

“The tale is as absorbing as the prose is beautiful”

Good Book Guide

“This is classic Murakami, an isolated character struggling to make his way through a world both deceptively simple and utterly fantastical, his story told through prose infused with all the beauty and meaning of a Kyoto tea ceremony”

Freya McClements, Irish Times

“His versatility and ability to craft a story is spellbinding… Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is a fine story that held my attention until the end.”

Yomi Segun Steven, Nudge

“Loneliness, sexual ambiguity and emotional repression- the perfect recipe for a novel that put Murakami back on my list of unputdownable authors”

John Kampfner, Observer

“Kafkaesque, unusual and packed with sex and confusion, this is high-end prose… Murakami is remarkably prolific… A weird and very wonderful descent into the madness of contemporary Tokyo.”

Paul Critcher, Geographical


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