Haruki Murakami is probably the best known Japanese writer outside of Japan right now. And he has been for quite some time. In the Netherlands, his books are very popular and many of my friends have read his work. Not surprisingly, maybe, I’m a big fan.
This is no different in Japan. There always seems to be quite a buzz when he publishes something new.
So when I heard about the publication of his latest book on April 12th, I knew exactly what was at the top of my shopping list: 色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年 (in English: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage).
It wasn’t hard to find: walking into the Kinokuniya-bookshop in Osaka when I arrived the books were stacked high (and in its 8th edition, 6 weeks after publication)