Every time best-selling author Haruki Murakami puts out a book, his international fans cannot wait to have his latest work translated to English. And once it is finally in English form, it starts a whole new wave of interest in the acclaimed writer once again. He owes his international success to his loyal team of translators, and bringing his work to life in English isn't always an easy task.
Best-selling author Haruki Murakami, in a very rare public appearance, talked about his new book "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage" at a special event at Kyoto University on Monday. He says his latest novel, which has sold more than a million copies a week since it launched last month, is a reflection of his deep interest in people and their relationships with each other.
Aside from acclaimed author Haruki Murakami, his Japanese publisher must be over the moon as his latest novel, Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi ("Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage") is on its way to become one of the fastest selling Japanese novels of the past few years. Bungeishunju Ltd. said that they have ordered one million print copies of the book that went on sale just last April 12.
With no other details released except the book's title, fans of Japanese author Haruki Murakami eagerly waited in lines on Thursday night to be among the first to purchase his new novel at its midnight release. As one of modern literature's most popular authors around the globe, known for his stories of the mundane meeting the surreal, the release of Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi, or "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” in English, had one 20 year old he wouldn't go to sleep until he finished it.
The shortlist for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, one of the most lucrative prizes in the literary world, has been announced and Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 is one of the books vying for the award. The shortlist is the only one that is voted on by libraries from around the world. This year's ten titles were nominated by the public libraries in Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands and the USA.
First it set a record number of pre-orders, 20,000 as of Saturday, for Amazon Japan. Now, Haruki Murakami's much-anticipated new novel has set another record for its publishing house Bungeishunju Ltd, with an initial print run of 500,000 copies. The new novel will be coming out on Friday in Japan, with some stores opening as early as 8AM and one in Tokyo at midnight.
Fans of internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami will be treated to a very rare public appearance by the publicity-shy novelist. He is set to appear at a Q and A session at a seminar entitled "Observe soul, write soul" on May 6 in Kyoto. It's been 18 years since his last public speech in Japan so this is indeed something out of the ordinary for the popular writer.
Bungei Shunju, the publisher for author Haruki Murakami's latest novel, has said that internet pre-orders for his new work have set a new personal record, topping his previous work 1Q84, which was released three years ago. Scheduled for release in Japan on April 12th, the new novel, titled Shikisai or motanai to Tsukuru Tasaki, Kare Junrei no toshi no ("The faded Tsukuru Tasaki and year of his pilgrimage"), received over 10,000 reservations on Amazon.com in only 11 days.
He has fans around the globe and his novels have been translated into numerous languages, and now readers are only two months away from his latest work. Well, readers in Japan that is. Haruki Murakami's Japanese publisher, Bungeishunju, announced on Saturday that the author's latest full-length novel will be released this April.
Internationally renown Japanese author Haruki Murakami has shared his point of view on the China-Japan territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. As Beijing and Tokyo continue to argue at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Murakami shows he has the same feelings as the rest of us with level heads; that the nationalism spewed by politicians in nothing more than cheap liquor. The author of best-sellers Norwegian Wood, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and Kafka on the Shore spoke out through an editorial in Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper.