Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Hardback Alfred A. Knopf

By (author) Haruki Murakami, Translated by Philip Gabriel

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  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 187mm x 40mm | 436g
  • Publication date: 8 December 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0385352107
  • ISBN 13: 9780385352109
  • Sales rank: 4,682

Product description

A "New York Times" #1 Bestseller A "New York Times" and "Washington Post" notable book, and one of the "Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, " and "BookPage"'s best books of the year "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

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Haruki Murakamiwas born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. The most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul. Translated by Philip Gabriel.

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"A devotional anticipation is generated by the announcement of a new Haruki Murakami book. Readers wait for his work the way past generations lined up at record stores for new albums by the Beatles or Bob Dylan. There is a happily frenzied collective expectancy--the effect of cultural voice, the Murakami effect. . . . ["Colorless Tsukuru"] is a book for both the new and experienced reader. . . . The book reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation. A shedding of Murakami skin. It is not 'Blonde on Blonde, ' it is 'Blood on the Tracks.' . . . [The book's] realism is tinged with the parallel worlds of "1Q84," particularly through dreams. The novel contains a fragility that can be found in "Kafka on the Shore, " with its infinite regard for music. Hardly a soul writes of the listening and playing of music with such insight and tenderness." --Patti Smith, "The New York Times Book Review "(cover review) "[A] remarkable novel [that] takes us on a spellbinding descent through the rings of hell in Tsukuru Tazaki's young life. . . . A virtual symphony of literary and musical referents. Murakami's wizardry lies in his ability to pack all that cultural and spiritual resonance into a book that is as tightly wound as a Dashiell Hammett mystery. . . . Murakami can herd the troubles of a very large world and still mind a few precious details. He may be taking us deeper and deeper into a fractured modernity and its uneasy inhabitants, but he is ever alert to minds and hearts, to what it is, precisely, that they feel and see, and to humanity's abiding and indomitable spirit. . . . A deeply affecting novel, not only for the dark nooks and crannies it explores, but for the magic that seeps into its characters' subconsciouses, for the lengths to which they will go to protect or damage one another, for the brilliant characterizations it delivers along the way. . . . A page-tu