He has fans around the globe and his novels have been translated into numerous languages, and now readers are only two months away from his latest work. Well, readers in Japan that is. Haruki Murakami‘s Japanese publisher, Bungeishunju, announced on Saturday that the author’s latest full-length novel will be released this April.
In what is the worst form of teasing possible, the publisher’s sparse, two-line announcement says no more than that. Not a synopsis or at least an idea of what the story will be about, let alone the title. Murakami’s latest novel will be his first since the epic, lengthy 1Q84 was released. Split up and published in three volumes in Japan, the last was released in May 2010 in Japan, while the English translation was released as one tome in October 2011. As the author of award-winning The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, along with Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore, and other best-selling, critically praised novels, Murakami is most known for narratives that seamlessly weave between the surreal and mundane, everyday life.
In addition to writing novels and short stories, Murakami has also translated famous English writers’ works into Japanese, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver. One of his most recent translations was Shel Silverstein’s Giving Tree. 2012 also saw the author speak out publicly against nationalism and its use in fanning the tensions between China and Japan over an ongoing, escalating territorial dispute. He was also short listed for the year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, and award his fans have been expecting for some time, however 2012 turned out not to be the year, as it was given to China’s Mo Yan.