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South Koreans Eagerly Wait For Haruki Murakami's New Book

By March 6, 2017 at 5:22 am
Haruki Murakami's new book will be published soon in South Korea (Photo : Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)

South Koreans are waiting for the release of Haruki Murakami's new book in the country. The novel, which has two parts, has been released in Japan last Feb. 24.

The bookmarks the author's first multi-volume novel in seven years after "1Q84" in 2009. The two parts of the novel are "Arawareru Idea" (Emerging Idea) and "Utsurou Metaphor" (Moving Metaphor).

It is a two-part story that focuses on the life of a 36-year-old portrait painter and what happens after his wife divorces him. It also shares the story of the mysterious events that happen when he moves into an old house on a mountainside west of Tokyo.

The events include meeting a neighbor and finding a painting that has the same name as the book's title. The 67-year-old author has described it as a strange story.

Murakami is being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He has also won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award in 2006, the Jerusalem Prize in 2009 and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2015. He has been named as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people for 2015.

Haruki Murakami is one of South Korea's most-read foreign authors. Major publishers such as Minumsa, Munhaksasang, Munhakdongne and Viche have previously printed his books in the country and several publishing companies will definitely be racing to get a hold of the Korean edition of the author's latest book, which may be published in summer.

There were claims that Haruki Murakami's two previous books received about 1 to 1.5 billion won in advance against royalties. It is expected that the royalties advance for "Killing Commendatore" could reach 2 billion won because the Murakami book may become highly popular in the depressed Korean book market.

The Korean licensing agency will be receiving the amount of advance, design concept and promotion plan from the publishers. Haruki Murakami will be the one to decide which firm gets the Korean rights.

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