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Haruki Murakami Published His First Novel After 6 Years

Shinchosha Publishing Co in Japan released “The City and Its Uncertain Walls” in print and digital forms on April 20. Haruki Murakami most recent novel since 2017 is “Killing Commendatore”.  According to The Associated Press, plot elements regarding the novel have not been widely revealed because many Murakami admirers like reading the author’s works without knowing anything ahead of time. The Japanese manuscript for the book is around 1,200 pages long.

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Shinchosha Publishing noted in a previously posted promotional teaser for Murakami’s forthcoming novel: “Must go to the city. No matter what happens. A locked up ‘story’ starts to move quietly as if ‘old dreams’ are woken up and unraveled in a secluded archive”. According to the publisher, the novel offers a “soul-stirring, 100% pure Murakami world.”

Murakami, who wrote his new book between January 2020 and December 2022, stated that he rarely went out and spent much of his time at home, and that he also focused on his inner self. This made him consider whether it was time to write the story.

During an interview in Tokyo before the release of his novel, he also mentioned how key world events, such as Russia’s assault on Ukraine, inspired him as he wrote.

Despite the novel’s recent publication, Murakami fans who wish to read it in English will have to wait a little longer. An official English translation of “The City and Its Uncertain Walls” may take at least a year to reach bookshops.

Haruki Murakami is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous writers. He began writing fiction at the age of 29. His novels, short tales, and nonfiction books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold millions of copies outside of Japan. “Norwegian Wood” (1987), “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” (1994), “Kafka on the Shore” (2002), and “1Q84” (2009) are among his most popular works.


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