400 pages, 7.36 × 5.2 × 1.42 in
August 12, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385681836
ISBN - 13: 9780385681834
From the Publisher
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.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014A New York Times Notable BookNominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction PrizeNational Bestseller A New York Times Bestseller “The new book . . . added to my appreciation of Murakami’s writing.” ―Huffington Post (UK)"This is a terrific novel, in which the author’s clinical tone—colorless, if you will—works to the strengths of the book, chronicling a young man sorting through old friends and old mistakes, the hopes of finally feeling his life take hold. Though the structure is nearly episodic, and the hero's adventures are a familiar mix of the comic, the horrific and the just plain odd, the book has a clear and melancholy thread: Life is bewildering, and we must choose to cherish and to ignore the incidents that we decide fit best, or not at all, in our ideas of ourselves, like plucking out a tune on the piano." ―Daniel Handler, The New York Times Book Review“A tender, wistful, intermittently mystical group portrait of youthful love and loss.” —The Independent (UK)“The book enacts the slow awakening of colorless Tsukuru to full-blooded life by moving gradually from deliberately flat diction to lush arpeggios of similes.” —The New Yorker“Over a long and varied career, [Murakami] has crafted a strange and unique narrative style at once realistic and fantastic. . . . Happily, Tsukuru’s unpredictable progression of events is underpinned by one of Murakami’s most spare and moving stories. . . . Murakami’s dreamlike, illo