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Killing Commendatore

By: Murakami, Haruki

1787300668 / 9781787300668
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United Kingdom
156 x 240 mm 608 pages
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The painter's wife has left him for a younger man. Taking some time away from Tokyo, he starts looking after the empty house of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada.

Not long after he moves in, a scraping sound in the attic leads him to find a carefully wrapped canvas, labelled 'Killing Commendatore'.

This unusual painting leads him to delve into Amada's life story and those of his neighbours.

It also brings him into contact with a strange parallel universe, from which the Commendatore himself emerges.

When his neighbour's daughter vanishes, the painter must embark on a quest that leads him back to a tragedy in his own past. A profound engagement with art and its creation, Killing Commendatore asks whether confronting the past can ever bring comfort, or just more pain?

Ambitious, haunting, and multi-layered, it is reminiscent of Murakami's masterpiece The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and takes his narrative art in new and exciting directions.


1FPJ Japan, FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), FYT Fiction in translation

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