Haruki Murakami's 13th novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel, was first published last April in Japan, and, within the first month, it sold one million copies. This week, the novel (translated by Philip Gabriel) finally arrives in bookstores in the U.S. If you're wondering where this novel will take readers, you can read an excerpt of Murakami's novel recently published in Slate, and then Patti Smith's book review in The New York Times. Smith, the "Godmother of Punk," won the National Book Award for her 2010 memoir Just Kids. She knows something about writing, and she's clearly no stranger to Murakami's body of work. While planning to go on tour, Smith once wondered what books to take along, and wrote on her personal web site:
The worse part, besides saying goodbye to my daughter Jesse, is picking out what books to take. I decide this will be essentially a Haruki Murakami tour. So I will take several of his books including the three volume IQ84 to reread. He is a good writer to reread as he sets your mind to daydreaming while you are reading him. thus i always miss stuff.