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 Gatsby—Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.
Killing Commendatore (Kishidancho Goroshi) is a novel written by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. The novel was released in Japan on February 24, 2017 and on October 9, 2018 in the US and UK.The publisher of the book stated that 1.3 million copies were planned for the first-edition Japanese prints...
I enjoy Murakami, having read all of his fiction. And I think that’s the problem I have with this one—you can glean artifacts of his prior books. I had flashbacks to several prior works while reading this, particularly the underground travels (“Hardboiled...”), the pit (“Wind-Up...”) and even Amada’s nursing home view of the ocean (was it “Kafka...”?). And is this the first time that the ending is a nice, neat tie-up of all the plot lines? Almost like this one got mailed in. 25
I just adore Murakami’s ability to trap the reader within the story and then the feeling of being an observer of the events. Yet again his prose creates visualisations so that I become, perhaps, an Idea. Thoroughly, thoroughly recommended, even more so if you are a Murakami fan. 55