Murakami to celebrate his 70 birthday with Birthday Girl

Editor | Fiction

After Killing Commendatore, here is some exciting news for Murakami fans.

Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Haruki Murakami’s 70th birthday.

She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on that particular Friday, she would have had the night off. One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress’s uneventful twentieth birthday takes a strange and fateful turn when she’s asked to deliver dinner to the restaurant’s reclusive owner.

About the Author

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, have been translated into more than 50 languages, and he has received many honours, including the Franz Kafka Prize.

His works include non-fiction, such as What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and Absolutely on Music, short story collections, like Men Without Women, and the masterful novels The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84, and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage. He is one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

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