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1Q84–Haruki Murakami

Okay, I haven’t yet read Murakami’s newest novel–it hasn’t been realized in its English version as of this writing–but the book has occasioned a very nice New York Times feature on the author, whose previous novels have held my attention in that infuriatingly obtuse manner that David Foster Wallace does. If you don’t know Murakami, Sam Anderson can introduce him admirably.

At age 62, three decades into his career, Murakami has established himself as the unofficial laureate of Japan — arguably its chief imaginative ambassador, in any medium, to the world: the primary source, for many millions of readers, of the texture and shape of his native country.

Having enjoyed Anderson’s profile of Murakami, I’m even more eager to see 1Q84 in print.

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