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Killing Commendatore: A novel
by Haruki Murakami
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PublisherKnopf
Release Date2018-10-09 (added to CC 15 Oct 2018)
Amazon Sales Rank72
The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84

In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great GatsbyKilling Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

Member Reviews
(15 Nov 2018)
Killing Commendatore is the first Murakami novel to disappoint me. I don't know if it's just too much time spent close reading on CC, but I could barely contain the urge red-pencil the thing, reducing its length by at least ten percent. Part of the blame may belong to the translation team. Sometimes, though I only studied a while, can't read, I could detect the Japanese beneath their English. But they aren't responsible for plot details given four, five, six times, as if Murakami doesn't trust us to remember. It's a page-turner nonetheless, but a frustrating one.
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