Haruki Murakami

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1Q84

Mainichi Publishing Culture Prize 2009 book
Fiction
World Shinchosha Publishing Co
US & Canada Knopf (Ed. Sonny Mehta)
UK & Comm Random House (Ed. Liz Foley )
2009
1Q84 was published as one volume by Knopf in the US on October 25, 2011. Random House in the UK released Books 1 and 2 on October 18, 2011 and Book 3 on October 25, 2011.

1Q84, Haruki Murakami's latest novel, was published by Shinchosa in Japan in May 2009 where it immediately entered the top of the best-seller charts. Shinchosa have reprinted thirty-nine times and now have four million copies in print.

1Q84 has now been sold in over thirty territories, many of which have already published their translations. In France for example, the first two books were released on 25 August 2011 and they immediately entered the bestseller list. The French publisher, Belfond, initially printed 70,000 copies of book 1 but had to reprint 55,000 copies within a week. 1Q84 is also up for the France-Culture-Télérama prize in France.

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

"Orwellian dystopia, sci-fi, the modern world (terrorism, drugs, apathy, pop novels)—all blend in this dreamlike, strange and wholly unforgettable epic." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Daisy Meyrick manages the translation rights for 1Q84

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Bulgarian
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Colibri
Catalan
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Ediciones Empuries
Czech
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Euromedia Group
Danish
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Forlaget Klim
Dutch
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Uitgeverij Atlas
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Knopf
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Random House
Estonian
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Varrak
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Editions Belfond
Galician
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Editorial Galaxia
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Dumont Buchverlag
Greek
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Psichogios Publ Co Greece
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Kinneret Zmora Bitan
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Keter Publishing House
Hungarian
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Geopen Konyvkiado Kft.
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Einaudi Editore
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Zvaigzne ABC Publishers
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Muza SA
Portuguese
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Casa das Letras
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Brazil
Editora Objetiva
Romanian
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Eksmo Publishers
Serbian
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Geopoetika Publishing House
Slovene
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Mladinska Knjiga
Spanish
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Swedish
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Norstedts
Turkish
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Ukrainian
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Reviews

The cult novelist takes on cults in his long-awaited epic romance
1Q84 – an epic romance in three "books" and two volumes – is [Haruki Murakami's] cult novel. Steven Poole
The Guardian
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[Murakami is] a real star. Kathryn Schulz
The New York Times


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.
The New Times Book Review


Orwellian dystopia, sci-fi, the modern world (terrorism, drugs, apathy, pop novels)—all blend in this dreamlike, strange and wholly unforgettable epic.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Full Review