Haruki MurakamiFor author and character, the book is a story of a life examined and reclaimed. Tsukuru seeks out his friends at the urging of a woman he has started dating. Murakami said he began “Colorless Tsukuru” around three years ago as a work of short fiction, but soon found himself caught up in Tsukuru’s mystery. The author didn’t know at first why Tsukuru’s friends had abandoned him and he expanded the narrative as a way of finding out.

“I had to know his past,” Murakami said. “I’m making it up and at the same time I’m finding it.”

Haruki Murakami displays vintage form in his latest novel, but loses the plot in the end, says Srikanth S: Tehelka

MurakamiHaruki Murakami has nothing left to prove. He is the most widely read Japanese novelist of his generation. One of those rare writers whose works consistently garner both critical acclaim and mass appeal in equal measure. The reclusive author’s popularity can be gauged by the fact that the latest editions of his novels advertise only his surname (Wonder what his close friend and fellow author Ryū — who shares the same family name — has to say about that).

ColorlessVery few writers reach the stage of being able to include in their books wry references to their failure to win the Nobel prize in literature. But, in Bech at Bay (1998), John Updike awarded his authorial surrogate, Henry Bech, the Swedish medal and cheque that Updike feared (correctly, it proved) he was doomed never to win himself. And now the 14th work of fiction by Haruki Murakami, a Nobel favourite in recent years among the bookmakers but not the judges, features a young physics student lamenting that few in his profession make much money unless they “win the Nobel prize or something”.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, already topping charts across Europe, will be published in the UK in August: The Guardian

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami’s UK publisher has announced that the Japanese author’s latest novel, which is currently topping charts in Germany, Spain and Holland, will be released in August in the UK.

Harvill Secker said that Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage would be published in English on 12 August, in a translation from Philip Gabriel. The book sold one million copies in its first week on sale in Japan last April, and new translations in German, Spanish and Dutch are already topping bestseller lists, according to the publisher.