Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Philip Gabriel

Doubleday Canada | August 12, 2014 | Hardcover |

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage marks a new direction in Murakami''s fiction: a return to the lyrical realism not seen since his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, but set against the social realities of contemporary Japan.
     Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage centers on a devastating emotional betrayal and its consequences. Tsukuru Tazaki belongs to a tight-knit group of five friends in high school--three boys and two girls who form a perfect circle they imagine will stay together forever. But when Tsukuru returns home from college in Tokyo, he finds himself inexplicably rebuffed by the group. Something has changed, but nobody, not even his closest friends, will tell him what.
     Years later, Tsukuru, now a successful engineer, begins dating an older woman named Sara and confesses to her the shadow this betrayal has cast over his life. Sara urges Tsukuru to try to find his old group and to try to solve the mystery that has haunted him all these years: why did they suddenly turn on him?
     On a quest to discover the truth, Tsukuru travels back to meet his old friends--with the exception of Shiro, the group''s most volatile and psychologically unstable member, who he learns was strangled to death in an unsolved murder six years ago. As the dark truth about Shiro reveals itself, Tsukuru must confront the simmering emotional undercurrents that the group had suppressed in order to reach their ideal of perfect friendship.
     Can love overcome isolation? Is it possible to truly reach another person? Can buried emotions ever really stay buried? And will confronting the past allow Tsukuru to finally open himself up to the future?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 5.12 × 7.09 × 1.18 in

Published: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385681836

ISBN - 13: 9780385681834

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Philip Gabriel

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 5.12 × 7.09 × 1.18 in

Published: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385681836

ISBN - 13: 9780385681834

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage marks a new direction in Murakami''s fiction: a return to the lyrical realism not seen since his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, but set against the social realities of contemporary Japan.
     Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage centers on a devastating emotional betrayal and its consequences. Tsukuru Tazaki belongs to a tight-knit group of five friends in high school--three boys and two girls who form a perfect circle they imagine will stay together forever. But when Tsukuru returns home from college in Tokyo, he finds himself inexplicably rebuffed by the group. Something has changed, but nobody, not even his closest friends, will tell him what.
     Years later, Tsukuru, now a successful engineer, begins dating an older woman named Sara and confesses to her the shadow this betrayal has cast over his life. Sara urges Tsukuru to try to find his old group and to try to solve the mystery that has haunted him all these years: why did they suddenly turn on him?
     On a quest to discover the truth, Tsukuru travels back to meet his old friends--with the exception of Shiro, the group''s most volatile and psychologically unstable member, who he learns was strangled to death in an unsolved murder six years ago. As the dark truth about Shiro reveals itself, Tsukuru must confront the simmering emotional undercurrents that the group had suppressed in order to reach their ideal of perfect friendship.
     Can love overcome isolation? Is it possible to truly reach another person? Can buried emotions ever really stay buried? And will confronting the past allow Tsukuru to finally open himself up to the future?

About the Author

HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.

Editorial Reviews

This is a book for both the new and experienced reader. It has a strange casualness, as if it unfolded as Murakami wrote it... The book reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation. —Patti Smith, The New York Times Murakami is a Japanese writer but he is also a “global” one, meaning that his works are best read not as expressions of Japanese culture, but as examinations of questions that concern all humanity. What is the nature of the individual self? What is the meaning of “happiness,” or “success,” in the global age? What is the soul, and how do we get one? ...These are just a few of the many issues Murakami addresses, and they affect us all. — Publisher’s Weekly “Another tour de force from Japan’s greatest living novelist. . . . Murakami writes with the same murky sense of time that characterized  1Q84 , but this book, short and haunting, is really of a piece with older work such as  Norwegian Wood  and, yes,  Kafka on the Shore .” — Kirkus , starred review “A vintage Murakami struggle of coming to terms with buried emotions and missed opportunities, in which intentions and pent up desires can seemingly transcend time and space to bring both solace and desolation.” — Publishers Weekly , starred review “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is one of [Murakami&rsq
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