Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn’t want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.

Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Haruki
Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949. He grew up in Kobe and then moved to Tokyo, where he attended Waseda University. After college, Murakami opened a small jazz bar, which he and his wife ran for seven years.

His first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won the Gunzou Literature Prize for budding writers in 1979. He followed this success with two sequels, Pinball, 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase, which all together form “The Trilogy of the Rat.”

Murakami is also the author of the novels Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World; Norwegian Wood; Dance Dance Dance; South of the Border, West of the Sun; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Sputnik Sweetheart; Kafka on the Shore; After Dark; 1Q84; and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. He has written three short story collections: The Elephant Vanishes; After the Quake; and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman; and an illustrated novella, The Strange Library.

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949. He grew up in Kobe and then moved to Tokyo, where he attended Waseda University. After college, Murakami opened a small jazz bar, which he and his wife ran for seven years.

His first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won the Gunzou Literature Prize for budding writers in 1979. He followed this success with two sequels, Pinball, 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase, which all together form “The Trilogy of the Rat.”

Murakami is also the author of the novels Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World; Norwegian Wood; Dance Dance Dance; South of the Border, West of the Sun; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Sputnik Sweetheart; Kafka on the Shore; After Dark; 1Q84; and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. He has written three short story collections: The Elephant Vanishes; After the Quake; and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman; and an illustrated novella, The Strange Library.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Philip
Gabriel

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

One day, Tsukuru Tazaki wakes up to find his circle of friends have dropped him without explanation. Though Tsukuru accepts their decision it never the less has a profound impact on his life. When a woman named Sara enters his life she begins to push Tsukuru to get some resolution from his old classmates. What is revealed in this journey into the past is a series of unnecessary misunderstandings. The reader may not get the clear end they are looking for but this might just be Murakami’s point. In life, sometimes there is not an easy resolution to conflicts in relationships.

It is a novel about love, friendship and the need for catharsis that we sometimes need to seek for in the past in order to be able to move onto the future. Murakami’s successful blending of parallel worlds is always a pleasure to read.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
02/07/2015
Country
Japan
Original Language
Japanese
Publisher
Harvill Secker
Translator
Philip Gabriel
Translation
Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel

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