The latest bewitching, kaleidoscopic novel from master storyteller Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84
We all live our lives carrying secrets we cannot disclose.
'Beguiling... Murakami is brilliant at folding the humdrum alongside the supernatural; finding the magic that's nested in life's quotidian details' Guardian
When a thirty-something portrait painter is abandoned by his wife, he holes up in the mountain home of a famous artist. The days drift by, spent painting, listening to music and drinking whiskey in the evenings. But then he discovers a strange painting in the attic and unintentionally begins a strange journey of self-discovery that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt and a haunted underworld.
A stunning work of imagination, Killing Commendatore is a surreal tale of love and loneliness, war and art.
“It’s safe to say that there’s no one like Murakami”
“Murakami’s reality has many sides; some plain, some fancy. Translators Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen capture every colour on this mind-altering palette. No other author mixes domestic, fantastic and esoteric elements into such weirdly bewitching shades. Murakami’s “Land of Metaphor” remains a country where wonders never cease”
Boyd Tonkin, Financial Times
“Wild, thrilling. . . Murakami is a master storyteller and he knows how to keep us hooked”
“Exhilarating. . . . Only in the calm madness of his magical realism can Murakami truly capture one of his obsessions, the usually ineffable yearning that drives a person to make art”
“Expansive and intricate . . . touches on many of the themes familiar in Mr. Murakami’s novels: the mystery of romantic love, the weight of history, the transcendence of art, the search for elusive things just outside our grasp”
New York Times
“I found it totally gripping with scarcely a dull page, the loose ends enhancing its mystery. An absorbing work by a great writer”
“An immersive big-hearted new novel”
“Written in a simple, readable style that leaves you free to concentrate on the weirdness of the content… There is no other writer able to give us the fix that his unique qualities provide”
“In this novel, [Murakami] captures the creative process compellingly… The complex landscape that Murakami assembles in Killing Commendatore is a word portrait of the artist’s inner life”
Times Literary Supplement
“Murakami keeps the reader gripped”
“Murakami dancing along ‘the inky blackness of the Path of Metaphor’ is like Fred Astaire dancing across a floor, then up the walls and onto the ceiling... Killing Commendatore is a perfect balance of tradition and individual talent”
“Rich, sprawling… Killing Commendatore is a… powerful, sustained meditation on how we engage with works of art”
“Brilliant… Murakami is good company, that most precious of qualities in an author”
Xan Brooks, Guardian
“Murakami has produced a captivating novel, full of otherworldly detours and fascinating digressions”
Jane Shilling, Daily Mail