Thursday, 17 April 2008

The Latest on Haruki Murakami.

Not sure when they released them but here are the covers for Haruki Murakami's lastest non-fiction book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, to be released in late July in the US and early August in UK. (I'm hoping Kinokuniya will be able to provide a pre-release copy before that but I'm not crossing my fingers.)

This is the US cover...
...and this is the UK cover. (Proving that the UK covers for Murakami's English editions of his books remain superior.)

But what's this? A surprise!
No information about this one yet and it's only hitting bookstore shelves in September. I'm hoping it's more non-fiction (I've mentioned many times before that Murakami has a lot of untranslated non-fiction) instead of just a normal diary but that might be asking for too much. But that only begs the question: why? Am I being too naive in hoping that this isn't merely an exercise in cashing in on Murakami's newly-found Western popularity?

Moving on, from Toronto J-Film Pow-wow we discover that Haruki Murakami has given an interview to a journalist from the Japan Times and he throws out nice little titbits for people like me to quote on blogs:
People have their own stories, but when they fall to the depths of their soul, they are sometimes unable to get out of that darkness.
A nice read but most of it is not new. Ah well.

7 comments:

  1. Love the cover of the UK version!

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  2. I hope it wasn't a diary in a literal sense of words - 12 months calendar with 12 different murakami's book cover. Ah... with monthly planner and all. That'd be bloody ripp off.

    heee.

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  3. Emila: The UK covers for Murakami always win!

    John: I hope it won't be so! But the fool I am will probably get it anyway! (Justification: need a cool-lookin' diary for '09)

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  4. Lol! Anything Murakami, Ted will buy!

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  5. But only if my wife approves the budget! :D

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  6. love the cover..if only our local books have the same kind of design

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  7. Well, I think some of our local publishers are doing quite well in the realm of covers actually. The English books by Matahari and MPH are quite good. The Malay ones by PTS and Wira Bukit aren't bad either.

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