A publishing event which will capture the attention of the trade and of the reading public Huge sales in HS and Vintage for both his recent books and across the whole backlist Murakami fans will love this novel but 1Q84 is also a thrilling introduction to his world for those not already familiar with it The first printing in Japan sold out on the first day of sale. It sold over a million copies in its first month after publication. Murakami’s books are published in 45 territories, in 42 languages ‘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
About the Book: 1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 13
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 standstill, 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 topsecret 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 seventeenyearold 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?
Aomame and Tengo’s stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, as the two come closer and closer to intertwining. As 1Q84 accelerates towards its conclusion, both are pursued by persons and forces they do not know and cannot understand. As they begin to decipher more about the strange world into which they have slipped, so they sense their destinies converging. What they cannot know is whether they will find one another before they are themselves found.
1Q84 is a magnificent and fullyimagined work of fictiona thriller, a lovestory and a mindbending ode to George Orwell’s Nineteen EightyFour. It is a world from which the reader emerges stunned and altered.
Praise for Other Titles by this Author
After Dark: ‘For sheer love of a thumping narrative, the novel delivers gloriously Inventive, alluring’ David Mitchell, Guardian After Dark: ‘A magnificently bewildering achievement Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot Exuberant storytelling’ Independent on Sunday Dance Dance Dance: ‘A remarkable writer…he captures the common ache of the contemporary heart and head.’ Jay McInerney Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: ‘Murakami’s fictional world is extraordinary.’ Sunday Times