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Dini | 119 comments Buat peminat Murakami... harap bersabar, terjemahan baru akan ada satu atau dua tahun lagi ;)


Haruki Murakami's latest novel "1Q84" grips Japan
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:10am EDT

By Yoko Kubota

TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - Acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami has gripped fans around the world with complex, surrealist tales such as "Kafka on the Shore." Now, his first novel in five years, "1Q84," has Japan enthralled.

From commuters to bloggers, it seems everybody is flipping the pages of the two-volume, 1,055-page hardcover book, Murakami's first novel since 2004's "After Dark."

The book, which dwells on thought control, takes place in Tokyo in the year 1Q84, a title suggestive of George Orwell's "1984" as the Japanese word for 9 is pronounced the same as the English letter Q.

Newspapers, television and websites are full of commentary on the book, released about two weeks ago, and over 1 million copies are expected to be on the shelves by the end of the month, a print run the publishers say is very high for a literary work.

"There are others that sold more. But if a literary work sells 50,000 copies, we call that a bestseller. With 100,000 copies, that's a huge success," said Fumiaki Mori, a spokesman at the novel's publishers Shinchosha Publishing Co Ltd.

"By that standard, reaching this number in about 10 days since going on sale is a very fast pace."

The book alternates chapters between two characters, a female named Aomame and a male named Tengo. It deals with themes such as cults and abuse, loss, as well as sex, love and murder.

The novel has sold out at many shops, and its success is spilling over to sales of music and Orwell's classic.


In the book, Aomame and Tengo listen to "Sinfonietta" by Czech composer Leos Janacek, and that CD has sold some 6,000 copies in a week, said Tetsushi Koyama of Sony Music Japan.

"1984" has also sold thousands of copies in recent days, the publishers of the Japanese translation said.

"We have not seen a novel have this much impact on society, and nor has the publishing of one novel been such a social event, for a very long time," Mori said.

Murakami, one of the most widely read Japanese novelists in the world, has been popular at home since his debut in 1979, but "1Q84," selling at $19 per volume, is going at an exceptional pace even for such a renowned author.

In the past seven years, about 740,000 hardcover copies have been printed of Murakami's two-volume "Kafka on the Shore."

Media reports that Murakami could win the Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as his emotional acceptance speech last year for Israel's Jerusalem Prize following the fighting in Gaza, may have attracted a wider readership for the new book, Mori said.

The media-shy, 60-year-old writer graduated from Tokyo's Waseda University and ran a jazz club with his wife before becoming a novelist, with works translated into many languages.

Readers were thirsty for any information on the new novel before it went on sale at the end of May, as there was nothing available on what it would be about following requests from some fans for a complete surprise.

While readers have speculated that there may be a third volume, Mori said that "1Q84" has been concluded, but added that he did not know if there are any related stories in the works.

The novel is likely to be translated into other languages, including English, Mori said, adding some translations could come out in "a year or two."

(Editing by Miral Fahmy)

message 2: by Dini (new)

Dini | 119 comments Pengagum 1984 juga kan? :D

message 3: by owl (new)

owl (buzenk) | 1651 comments hiyaa....kapan..kapan...

message 4: by Desi (new)

Desi (desiard) | 1 comments semoga cepat sampai di jakarta, dan semoga tidak menimbulkan mimpi buruk seperti kafka on the shore.

message 5: by Sam (new)

Sam | 144 comments waaahhh.. ga sabar!!
aq suka bgt Norwegian Wood, blom baca Kafka seehh tp Haruki pasti LAEN dari yg laen... penuh kejutan

message 6: by eve (new)

eve | 47 comments Dini,thank you infonya! Uwah ngga sabar... udah harus nabung dari sekarang niy. 1,055-page hardcover book sounds pretty expensive >_<

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Oooh... gue harus baca!!!

message 8: by Indah (new)

Indah (msindahtobing) | 2 comments Aiiihh...aku pengen banget beli 1984 dan karaya2 Murakami, terutama Norwegian Wood...Penasaraan. Ngga papa deh kalo belum terjemahan, ngga papa juga kalo buku bekas (lebih oke malah...hahaha). Ada yang punya info dimana atau bagaimana agar mimpiku ini bisa terwujud?? Toko mana ya yang jual second atau ada yang tau perpus mana yang mengkoleksi buku2 ini? Huhuhuu...Please help me! X-(

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Sebenernya Norwegien Wood itu salah satu novel dia yang paling manis & 'sederhana', selain novel pertama dia mungkin ya, Dengarlah Nyanyian Angin. Yang lain2 absurd punya, hahaha... Norwegian Wood & Dengarlah Nyanyian Angin bisa didapetin di Pesta Buku Jakarta, lapal KPG (di kompleks stand Kompas Gramedia).

message 10: by febriani (last edited Jul 12, 2009 08:35AM) (new)

febriani (caffechaine) | 7 comments wawwww senangnya ^__^ tapi belum keliatan di Kinokuniya/Aksara yaaaa :(

tapi daripada ngebet order di amazon mending tunggu kemunculannya di Kino/Aksara kali ya (atas nama ongkos kirim, hehehe). ehm wait wait, terjemahan Inggrisnya pun belum ada? D:

aku suka semua karya Haruki Murakami. dari yang mudah dimengerti sampai yang absurd. juga memoarnya sebagai seorang pelari marathon, yang membuatku makin mengaguminya :)

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