Murakami, Haruki

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Killing Commendatore

Highly recommended for devoted readers of international contemporary fiction. ["Those familiar with the author's inventive writing will certainly devour this, as will readers seeking challenging and thoughtful fiction": LJ 10/15/18 starred review of the Knopf hc.]
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Killing Commendatore

Those familiar with the author's inventive writing will certainly devour this, as will readers seeking challenging and thoughtful fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]
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Men Without Women

Another fantastic collection from Murakami, rich with emotion and written with mastery. Highly recommended for fans of literary fiction, Japanese fiction, weird fiction, and domestic fiction and for older male readers.
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Absolutely on Music: Conversations

Recommended for lovers of classical music and fans of Murakami. [See Prepub Alert, 5/23/16.]
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Wind/Pinball

This audio is well worth a listen and is a solid choice for adult collections. Since the novels are not truly sequential, a pause to let the first work settle in before continuing with the second is advised.
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Wind / Pinball

Whether prompted by devotion, curiosity, or obsession, every Murakami fan will flock to this double feature. For newbies, this duo is an unparalleled opportunity to experience his progression from start to phenom: read in four-part order and witness the maturation of an iconic genius. [See Prepub Alert, 2/23/15.]
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

In addition to a pseudomythology on the colors in Japanese names, interesting thoughts on polydactyly, death tokens, sexuality, and human auras pop up only to disappear into the fog of Tazaki's thoughts. Still, recommended for adult collections. ["Murakami devotees will sigh with relief at finding his usual memes—the moon, Cutty Sark, a musical theme, ringing telephones, a surreal story-within-a-story," read the starred review of the Knopf hc, LJ 6/15/14.]
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The Strange Library

This novel is just 96 pages, with 32 of those illustrations curated and created by designer Chip Kidd. The artwork is intriguing, mysterious, and untranslated (hints: that's "Meiji Milk Chocolate" in Chapter 13 and an upside-down labeled planet zoom-out in Chapter 17). New audiences could read this as just another provocative, surreal tale, but Murakami fans will obsessively catalog the many multilayered references to previous titles, from the obvious Sheep Man (Trilogy of the Rat), labyrinthine other worlds (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World), silently communicative women (After Dark) to, of course, librarians (Kafka on the Shore), plus much more. A mesmerizing Strange Library indeed. [See Prepub Alert, 9/8/14.]
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Murakami devotees will sigh with relief at finding his usual memes—the moon, Cutty Sark, a musical theme, ringing telephones, a surreal story-within-a-story (this time about passing on death and possibly six fingers). That the novel sold over one million copies its first week in Japan guarantees—absolutely, deservedly so—instant best-seller status stateside as well. [See Prepub Alert, 4/14/14.]

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