Cover art for Killing Commendatore
Harvill / Secker, October 2018
Hardcover, 704 pages
24cm × 16.2cm × 4.5cm

Killing Commendatore

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The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84. In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada.

When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artists home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

Recommended by Marijke

Marijke is the Customer Service Supervisor at Boffins and has been a Boffin for over five years, and a bird fanatic for even longer. She reads anything interesting.

Now my favourite Murakami novel, an absorbing tale of mysterious businessmen, midnight bell-ringing, and how we cope with disasters that befall us.

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