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Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years unveiled in Japan

Published on Apr 18, 2014 10:23 AM
Japanese author Haruki Murakami. -- FILE PHOTO: ELENA SEIBERT

TOKYO (AFP) - Haruki Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years hit the shelves in Japan on Friday with some excited fans queuing for the midnight launch.

Around 70 fans took part in a countdown ceremony at Kinokuniya bookstore in Tokyo's entertainment and shopping district of Shinjuku, where firecrackers were set off as the clock ticked to the witching hour.

The collection, entitled Onna no Inai Otokotachi - which can be translated as Men Without Women - includes five short stories which have already been published separately in magazines and one new offering.

"Murakami is definitely best known for his novels but reading short stories is a different kind of pleasure," Yoichi Shindo, a web designer, said after buying a copy at the bookstore. "I have been waiting a long time to read his."

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