Haruki Murakami

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Killing Commendatore

book | Fiction | Oct 2018
Japan → Shinchosha Publishing Co
US → Knopf
UK → Harvill Secker

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.




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Reviews

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.

The New York Times

No other author mixes domestic, fantastic and esoteric elements into such weirdly bewitching shades... Just as he straddles barriers dividing high art from mass entertainment, so he suspends borders between east and west. 

Financial Times

Beguiling... Murakami is brilliant at folding the humdrum alongside the supernatural; finding the magic that’s nested in life’s quotidian details... 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.

The Guardian

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

The Sunday 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

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