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1Q84 Books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami
  

1Q84 Books 1 and 2

Literary Fiction   

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Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011.

Haruki Murakami is an international phenomenon. When Books One and Two of his latest masterpiece, 1Q84 , were published in Japan, a million copies were sold in one month, and the critical acclaim that ensued was reported all over the globe. Readers were transfixed by the mesmerising story of Aomame and Tengo and the strange parallel universe they inhabit. Then, one year later, to the surprise and delight of his readers, Murakami published an unexpected Book Three, bringing the story to a close.

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Synopsis

1Q84 Books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami

In order to reflect the experience of 1Q84's first readers, Harvill Secker is publishing Books One and Two in one beautifully designed volume and Book Three in a separate edition. A long-awaited treat for his fans, 1Q84 is also a thrilling introduction to the unique world of Murakami's imagination. This hypnotically addictive novel is a work of startling originality and, as the title suggests, a mind-bending ode to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four . (The number 9 in Japanese is pronounced like the letter 'Q'). The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo. Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true? Both Aomame and Tengo notice that the world has grown strange; both realise that they are indispensable to each other. While their stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, the two come closer and closer to intertwining.

Reviews

His towering new novel, his magnum opus, a work on a par with Don DeLillo's Underworld or Roberto Bolano's 2666.

-- Stephen Amidon Sunday Times It is a work of maddening brilliance and gripping originality, deceptively casual in style, but vibrating with wit, intellect and ambition. -- Richard Lloyd Parry The Times Critics have variously likened him to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill assorted as to suggest Murakami is in fact an original New York Times [1Q84] may become a mandatory read for anyone trying to get to grips with contemporary Japanese culture... [It is Murakami's] magnum opus. Japan Times Murakami has likened novel-writing to a waking dream and, in a sense, what his stories resemble is a man...trying to report his dark dreams back as unpretentiously as he can. The novels
most arresting quality is that combination of intelligent earnestness with a sensibility that touches on genuine unnerving subject matter

... 1Q84 involves doppelgangers, parallel worlds, alluringly enigmatic women, the occasional graphic sex scene and a distinctive blend of noir atmospherics, occult imagery and whimsical humour. The analogy of literature with dreams and alternative worlds is also brought to the fore. What 1Q84 seems to share with Orwell's dystopia is a concern with how fiction can come to dominate realist and take its place -- Ben Jeffery Times Literary Supplement


About the Author

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. Following the publication of his first novel in Japanese in 1979, he sold the jazz bar he ran with his wife and became a full-time writer. It was with the publication of Norwegian Wood - which has to date sold more than 4 million copies in Japan alone - that the author was truly catapulted into the limelight. Known for his surrealistic world of mysterious (and often disappearing) women, cats, earlobes, wells, Western culture, music and quirky first-person narratives, he is now Japan’s best-known novelist abroad. Nine novels, three short story collections and one work of non-fiction are currently available in English translation.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th October 2011

Author

Haruki Murakami

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage

Format

Hardback
624 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781846554070

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