The newest novel by popular Japanese author Haruki Murakami will be reportedly be released in English this August.
“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” was released in Japan this past April and, as noted by Monitor correspondent Husna Haq, quickly became a bestseller, with many standing in line outside bookstores to await the novel’s midnight release. The book sold one million copies in its first week of release and translated editions went on to become bestsellers
However, it wasn’t until this summer that the news came that an English version of “Colorless” would debut in 2014, and it was only this week that an official date was set. The English version of the book will arrive on Aug. 12.
According to the Guardian, translated editions of “Colorless” are currently still riding high on bestsellers lists in Germany, Spain, and Holland..
“Colorless” centers on a man who is disliked by his high school friends and begins to exmaine his life and his feelings of isolation.
Philip Gabriel is behind the English translation of the book.
The last novel released by Murakami, “1Q84,” was also a bestseller and was one of the books that made up the long list for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Some also speculated that the book might secure Murakami the 2012 Nobel Prize, but the award that year went to author Mo Yan.