In rare appearance, Murakami talks about new book
KYOTO, Japan (AP) - Japanese author Haruki Murakami said on Monday his latest novel was a new experiment and grew longer than expected as he developed a desire to expand on side characters while writing.
The latest novel by one of Japan's most respected and popular novelists, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And The Year Of His Pilgrimage, has sold more than 1 million copies a week since it went on sale last month.
Murakami said in a rare public appearance on Monday at Kyoto University that the novel reflects his deep interest in real people and relationships rather than allusions. Japanese media said it was his first public appearance in Japan in 18 years.
The novel is about a man who had been suddenly rejected by his close friends and his process of healing from that.