Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami


Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014
New York Times Notable Book
Guardian Best Book of the Year
New York Times Bestseller
Nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award

“Hardly a soul writes of the listening and playing of music with such insight and tenderness. . . . There are moments of epiphany gracefully expressed, especially in regard to how people affect one another. . . . The book reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation. A shedding of Murakami skin.” — Patti Smith, The New York Times Book Review

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Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn’t want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.

Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honors is the Franz Kafka Prize.


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