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1Q84 is here!

October 25, 2011

Haruki Murakami’s newest novel is now available in the US and I have my copy waiting for me at Porter Square Books. I haven’t read too much about it, since I don’t want to spoil anything, but here is a little bit from an NPR article. Sounds amazing and crazy (per Murakami usual):

In the fabled year of 1984, Aomame finds herself on the way by taxi to carry out an assassination (not her first) of a businessman singled out as a profligate wife-abuser and torturer, and when she gets stuck in a traffic jam on an elevated roadway, she exits the cab, scoots among the stalled cars, and climbs down to street level by means of a construction-site stairway that might as well be a rabbit hole.

Even as she goes about her dangerous business, she suddenly notices that the sky and cityscape have turned slightly odd and out of kilter. By climbing down those exit stairs, she seems to have put the world of 1984 behind her and entered the realm that she comes to identify as 1Q84, an alternate realm — and thus the Q — “that bears a question …” The deep and resonant plot that serves as the anchor for her actions, and for those of Tengo Kawana, the young writer whose movements and thoughts we observe in alternating chapters, takes place under a sky with two moons, and unfolds at a leisurely pace but in compelling fashion by luring us along with scenes of homicidal intrigue, literary intrigue, religious fanaticism, physical sex, metaphysical sex and asexual sex. And music.

Is 1Q84 on your “to read” list?

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