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    Haruki Murakami’s first novel in six years will be published this spring.

    Emily Temple

    March 2, 2023, 10:32am

    It’s true: a new Haruki Murakami novel—his first since 2017’s Killing Commendatore—will be published on April 13th . . . but only in Japan. Sorry to tease you, English-speaking readers! Still, not to fret: I’m sure this means that translations are forthcoming.

    In the meantime, here’s everything we know:

    1. The Japanese version is 1,200 pages.

    2. It’s called The City and Its Uncertain Walls.

    3. It is set in a “soul-stirring, 100% pure Murakami world” and involves “a story that had long been sealed.”

    4. It has the same title as a 1980 short story, also by Murakami.

    5. Whatever this teaser released by the publisher means: “Must go to the city. No matter what happens. A locked up ‘story’ starts to move quietly as if ‘old dreams’ are woken up and unravelled in a secluded archive.”

    Sounds about right.

    [via AP/The Globe and Mail]

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