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Murakami, Haruki (Translated by Philip Gabriel). COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 388 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's post-"1Q84" novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, including the regular trade edition and the British Edition. This is one of an estimated 100 copies that Haruki Murakami signed and stamped on the publisher's tipped-in page, which were then randomly distributed to bookstores that remained open on the eve of August 12, 2014 to celebrate the book's publication. The book's design by Chip Kidd is, as expected, vintage CK. As such and for once, the American is superior to the British. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Haruki Murakami's "Shikisai o Monotai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi" in a felicitous English translation. What does one do after completing a massive, "magnum opus" novel like "1Q84"? Write another novel, on a smaller, more delicate yet just as compulsively readable scale. "A virtual symphony of literary and musical referents. Murakami's wizardry lies in his ability to pack all that cultural and spiritual resonance into a book that is as tightly wound as a Dashiell Hammett mystery. Murakami can herd the troubles of a very large world and still mind a few precious details. He may be taking us deeper and deeper into a fractured modernity and its uneasy inhabitants, but he is ever alert to minds and hearts and to humanity's abiding and indomitable spirit. A deeply affecting novel, not only for the dark nooks and crannies it explores, but for the magic that seeps into its characters' sub-conscious, the lengths to which they will go to protect or damage one another, the brilliant characterizations it delivers along the way. A page-turner with intervals of lapidary prose and dazzling human comprehension" (The Washington Post). Devoted reader/followers of Haruki Murakami will be reminded of "Norwegian Wood" (1987), which is often seen in hindsight as one of Murakami's most accessible "romance-novels" (as compared to his more "serious" novels) even though NW is surely a defining work, vintage Murakami. An absolute "must-have" title for Haruki Murakami collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed (in Japanese characters) in blue ink-pen and stamped on the publisher's tipped-in page by Haruki Murakami. This Advance Signed Edition was won by about 100 buyers who stayed up for the Midnight Book Release Party in small independent bookstores throughout the country. Please note: This Signed Edition was released in lieu of a public appearance by Murakami, who did not sign copies in person. It is, in effect, the Limited Edition, very limited at 100 copies, and precedes the British Edition. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few Advance Signed Copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HARUKI MURAKAMI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385352107. $350.00

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