Saturday, May 3, 2014
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki interview by Publishers Weekly
Haruki Murakami, trans. from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel. Knopf, $25 (400p) ISBN 978-0-385-35210-9
Murakami’s (1Q84) latest novel, which sold more than a million copies during its first week on sale in Japan, is a return to the mood and subject matter of the acclaimed writer’s earlier work. Living a simple, quotidian life as a train station engineer, Tsukuru is compelled to reexamine his past after a girlfriend suggests he reconnect with a group of friends from high school.
The result is a vintage Murakami struggle of coming to terms with buried emotions and missed opportunities, in which intentions and pent up desires can seemingly transcend time and space to bring both solace and desolation. (Aug.)
You can read the whole review here.