Waterstones News Update: More Midnight Openings May Be Needed

Waterstones Late Openings for New Japanese Novel

Waterstones news updates: more midnight openings may be necessary following the announcement of the latest Haruki Murakami novel being translated to English.

Hakuri Murakami’s novels have been instant successes since he published his debut novel in the 1980s. This novel was titled Norwegian Wood and was one of the biggest novels of the decade, enticing readers and not relinquishing its grasp on them until they had finished the novel.

Newly published work by Murakami is now synonymous in Japan with pandemonium and record-breaking sales but his English speaking readers are rapidly growing and there is a demand growing for more and more of his novels to be published in the UK. When his last novel was published – 1Q84 – numerous Waterstones stores, across the country, opened their doors at midnight to supply the immediate demand for the novel.

His most recent novel ‘Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’ focuses on the 36 year old protagonist, Tsukuru Tazaki and his journey through his personal trauma of rejection by his high school peers. The opening sentence may not be of the eye-catching, interest-grabbing punchy niche that so many authors endorse but it is scene-setting and sentimental and succinctly atmospheric: “From July of his sophomore year at college to January next year, Tsukuru Tazaki was living while mostly thinking about dying.”

Waterstones News Update

The novel was eagerly awaited in Japan and on the 12th of April this year access to any store with stock of the latest edition was nigh-on impossible due to the floods of keen-beans who couldn’t wait a second longer to get their hands on Murakami’s work. Since this date in early April, more than a million copies of the book have been sold across Japan.

Murakami’s publishers – Random House – have declined to confirm a date for publication of the book in English but they are aware of the demand over here in the west. With his archive of novels including Kafka on the Beach, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84 demanding the late openings of many Waterstones stores, they are unlikely to under-sell the information and it’s probably safe to say that the waiting readership will not have to wait much longer.

Those American readers will be pleased to hear however that Philip Gabriel of the University of Arizona has sat down to the task of translating the novel and is set to be released in 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about Waterstones, the books they stock and the special events that they hold when there is a particularly popular novel being released, contact the Waterstones customer service department.

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