what i talk about when i talk about murakami…

June 1, 2009

i’ve been reading a lot about how book publishing is changing lately. well, actually, most seem to be saying it’s dying. i’m not sure if i believe that, but either way, there’s good news for printed books and haruki murakami fans alike:

the first print run for murakami’s latest novel, 1Q84, has sold out in japan in a couple days, causing its publishers to double the second print run.

having only started reading murakami in the past year, i’ve quickly made me way through a few of his books (i’ve read three in the past 9 months). all of the ones i’ve read have been fantastic reads. his writing style and narrative arcs are subtle, precise and thus, elegant. i’ve just recently started the wind up bird chronicle (finally) and am already looking forward to 1Q84… and am very curious to see how it sells once it’s printed in english… this may not be the saviour of the printed book, but it does say a lot for star power in publishing and quality writing.



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