Author(s): Haruki Murakami
"The year is 1Q84. This is the real world, there is no doubt about that. But in this world, there are two moons in the sky. In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely intertwined. They are each, in their own way, doing something very dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both. Something extraordinary is starting."
I was very pleased to find on reading this that Murakami can actually write fantastically diverse and interesting female characters. Where books like Sputnik Sweetheart fell a bit flat when it came to depicting the inner world of women, 1Q84 succeeds, with as many interesting female characters as male ones. Much of the dialogue revolves around Aomame, one of two protagonists, and her female friends and colleagues. The other protagonist is Tengo, who is rewriting a novel originally penned by an elusive 17 year old girl called Fuka-Eri. Like Kafka on the Shore, this is a dual narrative, the three parts follow the two stories side by side and we slowly see links between the two. Not my very favourite Murakami, but this is one of the better ones I have read. - Holly
A mesmerising, epic, utterly involving masterpiece from Haruki Murakami
"Murakami's magnum opus" Japan Times "1Q84 has a range and sophistication that surpasses anything else in his oeuvre. It is his most achieved novel; an epic in which form and content are neatly aligned... So like Murakami himself, I'll borrow from Orwell: 1Q84 is quite simply doubleplusgood" Independent on Sunday "1Q84 reads like a cross between Stieg Larsson and Roberto Bolano... In its bones, this novel is a thriller" Daily Telegraph "Eerie, suspenseful and packed full of gorgeous ordinary details and provocative extraordinary events, Murakami takes weighty themes and delivers a compulsive tale that is funny, fresh and intensely surreal. Unmissable." Marie Claire "It is a work of maddening brilliance and gripping originality, deceptively casual in style, but vibrating with wit, intellect and ambition" The Times
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.