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1Q84: Books 1 and 2

(2011)
(A book in the 1Q84 series)
An omnibus of novels by

 
 
Haruki Murakami is an international phenomenon. When Books One and Two of his latest masterpiece, "1Q84", were published in Japan, a million copies were sold in one month, and the critical acclaim that ensued was reported all over the globe. Readers were transfixed by the mesmerising story of Aomame and Tengo and the strange parallel universe they inhabit. Then, one year later, to the surprise and delight of his readers, Murakami published an unexpected Book Three, bringing the story to a close. In order to reflect the experience of "1Q84's" first readers, Harvill Secker is publishing Books One and Two in one beautifully designed volume and Book Three in a separate edition. A long-awaited treat for his fans, "1Q84" is also a thrilling introduction to the unique world of Murakami's imagination. This hypnotically addictive novel is a work of startling originality and, as the title suggests, a mind-bending ode to George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four". (The number 9 in Japanese is pronounced like the letter 'Q'). The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo. Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true? Both Aomame and Tengo notice that the world has grown strange; both realise that they are indispensable to each other. While their stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, the two come closer and closer to intertwining.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: 1Q84: Books 1 and 2
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84655-407-1 / 978-1-84655-407-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: 1Q84: Books 1 and 2
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-09-954906-9 / 978-0-09-954906-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: 1Q84: Books 1 and 2
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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