T-minus two weeks and counting until the release of Haruki Murakami’s new novel 1Q84! To commemorate the occasion, I’ll pick up a copy of the book on Friday the 29th and then liveblog it all weekend. For those of you who don’t read any Japanese, maybe this will give you a little taste of the reading experience. You’ll probably have to wait a couple years for the translation. I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum: this will mostly be an exercise in extreme Murakami fanboy-ism.
Oh… it’s 1984… I get it!
I’m thinking the translation will be much faster than that. Wishful thinking?
Definitely wishful thinking. I bet the translation is already underway, but all of his big novels have taken a while. Kafka came out in 2002 in Japanese and in English translation in 2005. Afterdark was 2004 and 2007. If that’s any measure, this one will take at least 3 years – it’s longer than Kafka.