Friday, January 6, 2012

What's Next from Murakami?

The good old-fashioned bookstore seems to be dying a slow death here in America.  But over in Japan you can count on the fact that, any given evening, bookstore aisles will be filled with young people thumbing through the latest new releases.  And if there is a new release by Haruki Murakami, it will be at the front of the store.

This season, the book is I Talked With Mr. Ozawa About Music -- or something like that, because it hasn't yet been translated into English.  "Mr. Ozawa" is, of course, Seiji Ozawa, and the book is a series of dialogues about specific topics in classical music: a particular Beethoven symphony, a certain conductor, and so on.

It sounds like a niche book, and given that there are still early Murakami novels that haven't been translated, one might reasonably fear that this new book will never find its way outside of Japan.  However, Jay Rubin has said that he is already working on a translation.  Hopefully we'll see it in English soon.

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