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  • Published: 10 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787300194
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $45.00

Killing Commendatore




The ambitious major new novel from this internationally celebrated writer, on the scale of his bestselling 1Q84

The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84.
In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.

A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art – as well as a loving homage to The Great GatsbyKilling Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

  • Pub date: 10 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787300194
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $45.00

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 Killing Commendatore

“An exemplary translation”

Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday

“I found it totally gripping with scarcely a dull page, the loose ends enhancing its mystery. An absorbing work by a great writer”

William Hartston, Daily Express

“Wild, thrilling. . . Murakami is a master storyteller and he knows how to keep us hooked”

Sunday Times

“It’s safe to say that there’s no one like Murakami”

Anthony Cummins, Literary Review

“Written in a simple, readable style that leaves you free to concentrate on the weirdness of the content… There is no other writer able to give us the fix that his unique qualities provide”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

“[An] immersive, repetitive, big-hearted new novel”

Charles Finch, Independent

“Murakami is happy to exist in a state of flux… His prose is warm, conversational and studded with quiet profundities. He’s eminently good company; that most precious of qualities that we look for in an author. We trust him to get us entertainingly lost, just as we trust that he’ll eventually get us home”

Xan Brooks, Guardian

“In this novel, [Murakami] captures the creative process compellingly… The complex landscape that Murakami assembles in Killing Commendatore is a word portrait of the artist’s inner life”

Ruth Curr, Times Literary Supplement

“Murakami dancing along ‘the inky blackness of the Path of Metaphor’ is like Fred Astaire dancing across a floor, then up the walls and onto the ceiling... Killing Commendatore is a perfect balance of tradition and individual talent”

Spectator

“Murakami keeps the reader gripped”

The Week

“Expansive and intricate . . . touches on many of the themes familiar in Mr. Murakami’s novels: the mystery of romantic love, the weight of history, the transcendence of art, the search for elusive things just outside our grasp”

New York Times

“Exhilarating. . . . Only in the calm madness of his magical realism can Murakami truly capture one of his obsessions, the usually ineffable yearning that drives a person to make art”

Washington Post

“For fans of Murakami, this is another great read”

Eastern Daily Press

“Beautifully mundane and tantalisingly surreal in equal measure… An incredibly well written novel, you are completely immersed in the novel, savouring every page until reaching the satisfying conclusion”

Alicia Duggan, Olive Press

“Mysterious and page-turning”

Irina Nakonechna, Scottish Woman

“Uproarious, outspoken, tinged with deep grief”

Boyd Tonkin, theartsdesk, **Books of the Year**

“A massive 700-page exercise in narrative suspense. Reading the novel, you keep waiting for the book to fall to pieces, stunned that Murakami is getting so much from so little”

Matt Thorne, Catholic Herald

“Killing Commendatore appears then to be the summa of all the previous works of the author and of all the cultural influences that lead him to write them, shaping his imagination: a homage to his career, to his passions and art as well”

Ruth-Anne Walbank, SCAN


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