Murakami's new novel after 6 years

Murakami's new novel after 6 years

Feb 3, 2023, 8:21 AM
Nicole Pulido

Nicole Pulido


Haruki Murakami is back after six years to release a brand new title in April to be published by Shinchosha.

Heads up to all the bookworms out there! Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami will be releasing his first novel in six years this coming April, announced his publisher, Shinchosha on February 1.

The upcoming title will be Murakami’s first release in a long time since his last book Killing Commendatore which was published in February 2017 and drew his readers to flock nearby major bookstores in Tokyo and forced them to stay open past midnight for fans to buy right away.

According to Channel News Asia, the much- anticipated novel will be 1,200 Japanese manuscript pages long and will retail at 2,970 yen or $22 per copy, which his following can already pre-order as an order link is already up on the website.

Despite not spoiling a thing about the novel’s title and plot, Shinchosa only revealed that the book will be initially published in Japanese, with translations following later on.

In a brief statement by the publisher in Japanese, the new work is expected to be published on April 13 and will be available through physical copies and e-books, reported Nikkei Asia.

The 74-year-old author rose into fame for his works which transcends cultures and genres for its magical realist short stories and novels, such as Norwegian Wood (1987), Kafka on the Shore (2002), 1Q84 (2009), and Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994), among many others.

However, the world- renowned author is also a reclusive but has been actively engaging with fans in recent years by moonlighting as a radio DJ.

In fact, with his cult-like following, a humongous new library filled with his novels, scrapbooks and vinyl opened at Waseda University in Tokyo - featuring a replica of the writer's minimalist workspace which of course includes a cafe, and a radio studio.

Tags: #Japanese, #author, #books

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