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, Asian Literature, Japanese Literature, Magical Realism, 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 ...
  • 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 Killing Commendatore has beem translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen from perennial Nobel favourite (and self-withdrawn shortlistee from the Alternative Nobel) Murakami Haruki's Japanese original, and marks a return to the f...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Robert
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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • Myat Khant
    ရွိျခငးနဲ မရွိျခငး လြနဆြဲျခငး။Idea ေပါလာျခငး ပတြဲျပီးဆံုး။ဒီဝတၳုထဲမွာ ဇာတေျကာငးေျပာသူရဲ႕ ဇာတလမးတစခုထဲမဟုတဘူး။ဇာတေျကာငးေျပာသူရဲ႕ ဇာတလမး၊မငးရွကီရဲ႕ ဇာတလမး၊ပနးခီ...
  • Latkins
    This is an enjoyable Murakami novel - I won't go into detail about the plot as I don't want to give too much away. Okay, so it doesn't break new ground for Murakami - it's full of his familiar tropes, such as a man who's estranged from his wife, beings from another dimension, weird sex, the playing of vinyl records, the cooking of pasta, the urge to sit at the bottom of a well / pit... but I still enjoyed it a great deal. Does it need to be quite...
  • Alexandra Pearson
    I have such mixed feelings about this book. I'd have given it 2.5 stars if that was possible but I decided to round it up rather than down because I love Murakami's style.Let's get the negatives out of the way. I thought the women were atrociously written. Hardly any of them have names. They seem to be attracted to the narrator for no discernable reason. Also, the continual references to young girls breasts made me really uncomfortable. In genera...
  • Werner Leys
    Schitterend boek alweer van Murakami. Wat een schrijver!!!
  • Mohamed Naguib
    عالم موراكامي حاضر بقوة في الرواية لكن لا جديد فيها من حيث الأفكار و كذلك تفتقدالإثارة خاصة في اخر مئة صفحة . تتحدث الرواية عن رسام في أواخر الثلاثينيات هجرته زوجته و ماتت اخته و هو لا يزال صغيرا . هنالك احاديث كثيرة عن جرائم الامبراطورية اليابانية ...
  • Dave
    Another masterpiece! Something happens when you read a Murakami novel. He gradually sucks you up and takes you on a trip through his imagination. This one was absolutely no exception. It was a clear homage to "the great Gatsby" in a way only this fine author could envision. Dealing with obsession, art, love, lust, the imagined and the real, the construction of an utterly surreal world completely captivated me.It is hard to give a proper review wi...
  • Baby Halt
    why hasn't he won the nobel yet damn
  • Donald Nijsen
    Vintage Murakami. Unputdownable. It has already been published in Holland. So I read this one in Dutch. The ending, the last 30 pages or so, is a little unsatisfying, as if Murakami was in a hurry to finish the book, hastily concocted. Something like that.
  • Martien Bron
    Again a great story of Murakami. It starts very ordinary, step by step it evolves into an exiting story with magic, tough always grounded in everyday life. I liked it and of course music is always in the background.
  • Lindz
    Reading Haruki Muralami is like coming home. It is just where I feel happiest.
  • Christopher Shawn
    “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning-- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great GatsbyThe loneliness of men is, for better or worse, the centerpiece of many great works of fiction. Murakmi ha...
  • Rick te Molder
    My first Murakami-book. (Actually, I read ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ before this book. Still, this feels like my first encounter with Murakami.) I liked it. The writing is relaxed. No superlatives or artificial excitement. An almost meditative, zen-like style. Against the minimalist background of slow-paced action and a relaxed writing style, there’s plenty of room for the thoughts and emotions of the protagonist. When he...
  • Soo Yen
    Nearing the end of the book at 3a.m it occurred to me that I couldn't recall the name of this painter narrator, however hard I squeezed my brain. Had I gone crazy?! Murakami's imagination and writing are unique in that sense. It sucks you in so deep, blurring the real and surreal, giving you some weird dreams in between. Some scenes were vaguely familiar to 1Q84 (2ft tall little people and conversations that sounded like Tengo Kawana was talking)...
  • Mannah Hacaulay
    Most exciting thing that happened in this book, was that a man heard a bell ringing in the middle of the night and went to check what it was (spoiler, it turned out to be nothing)... Go figure.
  • Stacia
    The last fiction Murakami book I read was in 2014, when I read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. (My review is here.) At that time, I think I had reached a bit of a burn-out point on Murakami. I had read various books of his &, overall, quite enjoyed his writing. But, many (all?) of his fiction books contain the same elements & themes. Over & over again. Some books were stronger, others weaker. At that point, I felt like Murak...