Murakami's tale of rejection out in August

Murakami's tale of rejection out in August

Haruki Murakami’s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will be published in the UK this summer.

Harvill Secker will publish the book, which sold one million copies in its first week of release in Japan last April, on 12th August.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage has topped the bestseller lists in Germany, Spain and Holland.

The novel tells the story of Tsukuru Tazaki, whose life changed when his relationships with his high school friends were severed. Now in adulthood Tsukuru decides to reconnect with all of those friends to discover the reason behind their decision to reject him.

Harvill Secker has also today revealed the “first stage” of the cover for the new book, designed by Suzanne Dean. She said: “Stage one of the cover reveals an elegant abstract design, representing the five main characters and close childhood friends Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. Tsukuru means to make or build, and this is an integral part of the second stage of our cover to be revealed at a later date.”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel, will be available in hardback and e-book priced at £20.

Murakami’s previous books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, and 1Q84 (all Vintage).

Sales through Nielsen BookScan have reached 1,480,195 copies. Norwegian Wood, first published in the UK in 2000, remains his highest selling title, with 256,383 copies sold. His most recent novel IQ84 has sold 147,835 copies through Nielsen BookScan in all formats since publication in 2012.