This blog is meant as an open forum where translators of Haruki Murakami can share ideas and discuss solutions to problems encountered in the process of translating his works. It was launched by two translators of Murakami into Norwegian and Polish, Ika Kaminka and Anna Zielinska-Elliott. Some of us have collaborated in the past, and many of us are in touch regularly by e-mail, but the publication of the new novel in 2013 served as a catalyst for the creation of an online translation blog.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Murakami's agent reports on the book's success
Haruki Murakami’s latest novel is a phenomenal success in Japan
Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage was published in Japanese on 12th April 2013 and is Murakami’s first work in three years after the release of Book 3, the concluding part of his ambitious1Q84trilogy. Before its publication, few details were released about the novel. There were record numbers of pre-orders for the book and book stores in Japan had midnight launch parties with fans lining up by the hundreds eager to find out more.