Sunday, September 18, 2016

"A Novelist by Profession" to Come Out in German in October

Dumont, the German publisher of Murakami, announced that the 2015 essay collection titled "Shokugyō to shite no shōsetsuka" is to come out in Germany on October 18. The translator is Ursula Gräfe. The German title will be Von Beruf Schriftsteller (literally, "A writer by profession").  The cover is pictured below; link to the announcement here.

The book is also advertised on and on The description emphasizes the fact that Murakami, a writer known for his reserve and reluctance to talk about himself, finally "breaks the silence."

Another book coming out soon is Absolutely Music, which consists of conversations between Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa. It is supposed to appear on November 15, 2016 in Jay Rubin's English translation. The book came out in 2011 from Shinchōsha, followed by a set of CDs in 2013. Here is a link to Knopf's announcement, where the book is described as:
"A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. .... It is essential reading for book and music lovers everywhere."