Found in Translation: ‘The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage’

Review of Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage’.

The Oxford Culture Review

This year’s most hotly anticipated novel in translation was Haruki Murakami’s The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage. Murakami has gained something of a cult status, and The Colorless Tsukuru sold over 1 million copies in its first week of release in Japan alone. Here, he returns to a world more familiar from his earlier Norwegian Wood than his last sprawling epic, IQ84. Regular Murakami readers will not be disappointed, for all his trademarks are here in full force; the bridge between dreams and reality, a fascination with sexual relationships, music as a unifying and purifying force. For those who have never read Murakami, this novel is perhaps a perfect introduction; it is not quite as surreal as The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and is altogether more introverted than a lot of his previous work.

The narrative is tightly constructed around Tsukuru Tazaki’s life and perspective, an intense…

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