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On April 27th, Shinchōsha will publish another book related to Murakami Haruki, called The Horned Owl Takes Flight at Dusk (みみずくは黄昏に飛びたつ), or Haruki Murakami: A Long, Long Interview). The book is a long, long interview (11 hours, 250,000 characters) of Murakami by Kawakami Mieko, herself an award winning writer from Osaka (her novella Breasts and Eggs [乳と卵] won the Akutagawa Prize in 2008). It will cost 1,620 yen and can be pre-ordered now.
Kawakami Meiko asks Murakami Haruki everything!
11 hours; 250,000 characters; “an entire book” of an interview
The secret story of the birth of Killing Commendatore, memories of boyhood, feminism, global fame, and what happens after death… An Akutagawa Prize-winning author and a passionate, avid reader since her teens asks Murakami Haruki everything.
Not just an interview
How do you come up with similes?
What does it mean to “descend to the second story underground”?
Is it true you can write without deciding on the ending?
What are “ideas” and “metaphors”?
Actually, a story about a man seeking a man?
Why is writing style important?
Aren’t women tasked with too many sexual roles?
What does it mean to accept your “shadow”?
Do you always write ten pages a day, no matter what?
Why did you return to the first person voice?
Why don’t you read your prior works?
What does it feel like to have your new work read by tens of thousands of people?
Now that you’re globally famous, are there critics you want to go back and respond to?
What happens after we die?
Will there be a “Murakami Haruki Prize”?
A precious record of the origins of creative works, and their bare faces, that everyone wanted to know but couldn’t ask, drawn out through vivid words
Publisher Shinchōsha has announced Murakami Haruki is going to publish a new novel in Feb 2017.
The image says:
First super-long novel in 7 years
Publication set for Feb 2017
2,000 pages completed, 2 volumes total
He said it’s going to be “a very strange story, longer than Kafka On the Shore, and shorter than 1Q84.” Those novels sold more than 4 million & 8.4 million copies, respectively. (Source: Asahi Shimbun)
It’s been almost 4 years since his last novel was published, in 2013. That was Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
He published the short story collection Men Without Women in 2014.
Want ongoing updates (in Japanese)?
Below I explain how to subscribe to email updates from the publisher about the novel.
– Go to the Shinchōsha website.
– Click the black button, or this link. It says, “Those seeking forthcoming information, [click] here.”
– Click the black button. It says “Send.”
I’ll aim to publish the updates here as they come out.