Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore

The much-anticipated new novel from the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of 1Q84 and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Killing Commendatore is an epic tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art--as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby--and a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

Details Killing Commendatore

TitleKilling Commendatore
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreFiction, Cultural, Japan, Magical Realism, Asian Literature, Japanese Literature, Literary Fiction

Reviews Killing Commendatore

  • Adam Dalva
    More on this when it comes out! I found it to be a return to form, mingling the realism of Norwegian Wood with the surrealistic approach of Wind-Up Bird. Fast read for such a long book, and the writing about painting is fascinating. The biggest flaw is in the depiction of a 13-year-old girl, whose constant fixation on her chest is a distracting running joke that doesn't do anything for the plot.
  • Meike
    In Germany, Murakami's latest tome was published in two parts, the first one entitled: "Killing Commendatore 1: An Idea Appears" - and you know why? Because one of the characters in this book is an idea. Yes. An idea. Welcome to the world of Murakami. Our main protagonist is a 36-year-old painter. He (who remains unnamed) has just been left by his wife and retreats into a solitary house in the Japanese mountains to rethink his life. While trying ...
  • Kate
    4.75/5stars*DISCLAIMER: I was sent a free finished copy of this book by the wonderful people at knopf publishing but they did not ask for a review in any format, I'm just obsessed with Murakami and this was my most anticipating book of the last like 3 years sooooooHERE IS MY VIDEO REVIEW: Probably one of Murakami's best CRAFTED books - the writing was absolutely wonderful and there were so many lines I wa...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Our lives really do seem strange and mysterious when you look back on them. Filled with unbelievably bizarre coincidences and unpredictable, zigzagging developments. While they are unfolding, it’s hard to see anything weird about them, no matter how closely you pay attention to your surroundings. In the midst of the everyday, these things may strike you as simply ordinary things, a matter of course. They might not be logical, but time has to...
  • Tony
    Read the original 2 volume version in Japanese. As a Murakami fan (and admittedly budding skeptic) I found much of the uninspiring same in this 1,050 page story of a frustrated painter who is (ironically) trying to get inspired. Our intrepid narrator (as always, unnamed) is a disillusioned portrait artist for-hire who finds himself living in the mountain home of his old art college friend's father, the famous painter Tomohiko Amada, who is now in...
  • Elisabeth
    Dieses Buch war wieder große Murakami-Liebe. Zwar war es sehr typisch für ihn, er ist seinem üblichen Muster absolut treu geblieben, allerdings war die Umsetzung so schön, wenn auch natürlich mal wieder verstörend. Murakamis Romane entführen mich irgendwie immer in eine ganz entschleunigte Welt und das liebe ich auch so sehr an ihnen. Wer Murakami mag, kann definitiv dazu greifen, allerdings kann der Autor seine Gegner auch mit diesem Buch...
  • Gorkem
    Hi MurakamiTo be honest, my first running into with Murakami was after my army duty. He had magically inspired me through his masterpiece Kafka On The Shore. Even the finale quote of book is written on my cello case in order to remember the feeling of the book. After this book, I slowly started to collect his all books written in both English and Turkish. With Dance Dance Dance, I can really never describe my feelings how much i satisfied with ab...
  • Paul Fulcher
    “Cannot you just let the painting speak for itself?” the Commendatore said softly. “if the painting wants to say something, then best to let it speak. Let metaphors by metaphors, a code a code, a sieve a sieve.” Killing Commendatore has beem translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen from perennial Nobel favourite (and self-withdrawn shortlistee from the Alternative Nobel) Murakami Haruki's Japanese original, and marks a return to the f...
  • Daniel Simmons
    If I were feeling charitable, which I'm not, I would say this is "vintage Murakami" or a "return to masterful form" or something like that after the under-edited "1Q84" and faintly ridiculous "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki...", since like many of his earlier (mostly better) novels, this one features creepy holes in the ground and WW2 atrocities and jazz references and ennui-laden pasta sauce-making. But it just feels like recycling the same stuff to n...
  • Meike
    In Germany, Murakami's latest tome is published in two parts, the first one entitled: "Killing Commendatore 1: An Idea Appears" - and you know why? Because one of the characters in this book is an idea. Yes. An idea. Welcome to the world of Murakami. Our main protagonist is a 36-year-old painter though. He (who remains unnamed) has just been left by his wife and retreats into a solitary house in the Japanese mountains to rethink his life. While t...
  • Christian
    Very typical Murakami story: I would say the style is something between 1Q84 and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Here's the Murakami bingo after book one (taking some liberties):(no bingo yet!)Up until around midpoint, I thought it was going to be a great novel. A painter - who is the typical Murakami protagonist: honest, simple and somehow a magnet to strange people - drives through Japan in a reaction to get as far as possible from his wife who jus...
  • Sub_zero
    Haruki Murakami ha vuelto. Pero... ¿acaso ha llegado a irse alguna vez? Los chascarrillos que proliferan cada año a cuenta de las quinielas para el Nobel, unido a los incesantes "rescates" a los que se ve sometida su obra, pueden producir la sensación de que el escritor japonés más polarizado de todos los tiempos nunca ha desaparecido completamente de nuestras vidas. La realidad, como vemos, no es algo tan sencillo de dilucidar. A lo largo d...
  • Lee
    3.5 (picked up a bit after a 'Murakami-by-numbers' middle section) rounded down. I'll write a longer review at some point but, for now, two things feel worth mentioning. One: some of this is so Lynch-inspired that on one occasion he even lifts an actual line of dialogue from Lost Highway ("It is not my custom to go where I'm not invited."). Two: here's my favourite worst bit of Murakami ever: “My breasts are really small, don’t you think?” ...
  • Sumaiyya
    If there was ever any doubt to the fact of Haruki Murakami's skill at nuanced storytelling, KILLING COMMENDATORE eliminates them all with its artistic telling.*Publishing on 9th October 2018, Harvill Secker, Penguin UK*The latest novel from the Japanese author is a gripping tale of art and obsession. With nearly 700 pages to its name, KILLING COMMENDATORE surprises with prose that flows nearly as smoothly as the many layers of interconnected mean...
  • Annina
    Bei Lieblingsautoren ist das ja immer so eine Sache. Nachdem ich schon einige Reviews gelesen habe, hielt ich meine Erwartungen eher tief, um nicht enttäuscht zu werden. Murakami hat mich mit diesem Buch aber keineswegs enttäuscht. Wieder sah ich jede Szene genau vor mir, fand eigenartiges wie der Commendatore gar nicht unrealisitisch, und konnte es kaum beiseite legen. Es hat nicht so eine Wucht wie meine Lieblinge IQ84 oder Hardboiled Wonderl...
  • Faroukh Naseem
    This is probably my 8th or 9th Murakami and I’ve finally come to realize Murakami doesn’t write to please anyone, sometimes it feels like he doesn’t even write to please himself. He writes because he needs to; he needs to free his mind of these thoughts that’ve made a home in his mind. And I have nothing to complain about that, we’re lucky he’s decided to!This is the first time I took notes and wrote bullet points to refer to when wri...
  • Robert
    Here's the review:
  • Liesa
    Ich habe mich fast nicht getraut, mit diesem Buch zu beginnen. Es ist bei Lieblingsautoren ja doch oft so: Man schätzt sie und weiß, dass sie eigentlich nur Sensationelles aufs Papier bringen und man ist jedesmal bei einem neuen Werk etwas ehrfürchtig und hat dann aber doch irgendwie Angst, dass man zu hohe Erwartungen hat, möglicherweise enttäuscht wird oder der Lieblingsautor nicht mehr an das anknüpfen kann, was er vielleicht früher ver...
  • Karel-Willem Delrue
    Murakami voor beginnersEr zijn weinig auteurs waarvoor we al ons andere leesvoer zo graag even opschorten. De nieuwe Murakami is er! Acht jaar na het meesterlijke 1q84 schotelt het populairste literaire exportproduct uit Japan ons nu opnieuw een trilogie voor. Zal hij ons met De moord op commendatore weer meevoeren naar een wereld die de onze niet is? Na het lezen van de voorpublicatie in De Morgen keken we meteen reikhalzend uit naar het moment ...
  • Diana
    Killing Commendatore: A Welcome Return to MurakamilandThere are few books as hotly hyped and anticipated across international borders as Haruki Murakami’s books, and Killing Commendatore (Kishidancho Goroshi in Japanese), is one of them. It has been almost two years since the book hit the stores in its original Japanese and international fans have been waiting with bated breath for the English translation to finally be released.Today,the 9th of...
  • Krista
    If this was a dream, then the world I'm living in itself must all be a dream. Maybe someday I'll be able to draw a portrait of nothingness. Just like another artist was able to complete a painting titled Killing Commendatore. But to do so I would need time to get to that point. I would have to have time on my side.So, maybe Haruki Murakami keeps writing the same book over and over – Killing Commendatore felt a bit like a mashup of The Wind-Up ...
  • Sarah
    2.5 (tentatively rounded up)Phew. I feel like I deserve some kind of medal for finishing this bloated tome in just over a week... This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year - I'm a long time Murakami fan, but in recent years I've felt increasingly frustrated with aspects of his latest novels. While I loved 1Q84, I found Men Without Women just boring, and Colourless Tsukuru... almost instantly forgettable. Unfortunately I think Killing ...
  • Leo
    Mooi op tijd deel 1 uit, nu direct naar de boekhandel voor deel 2 ...
  • Katrien Baert
    Voor mij was dit mijn eerste Murakami en ik wist niet goed wat te verwachten. Iedereen spreekt vol lof over deze auteur waardoor ik deze keer niet kon achterblijven. Aanvankelijk wist ik niet zo goed waar dit boek naartoe ging, zo een hoogvlieger vond ik het niet. Meer zelfs ik dacht op een gegeven moment om het boek opzij te leggen. Door het lof die ik rondom mij hoorde, gaf ik het boek nog een tweede kans en ik moet eerlijk bekennen dat na een ...
  • Mary Slosson
    "My lifetime dream is to be sitting at the bottom of a well," Haruki Murakami once said. And if you thought a novel couldn't feature more bottom-of-a-well-sitting than "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle," well... you thought wrong! Murakami's latest is a meditative and intoxicating philosophical journey that explores art, death, the spirit world, fate and free will. "Killing Commendatore" might not be the best entry-point for readers new to his oeuvre, ...
  • Buchdoktor
    Als der namenlose junge Maler von seiner Frau verlassen wird, nutzt er die Gelegenheit, um an einem neuen Ort neu zu beginnen. Zuvor hatte er seinen Lebensunterhalt relativ bequem mit Porträts verdient für Kunden, die ihm ein Vermittler verschaffte. Er erwartete von seinen Modellen nur ein Vorgespräch und ein paar treffende Fotos, sie brauchten ihm nicht Modell zu sitzen und waren stets mit dieser Regelung zufrieden. Die Stärken des Künstler...