Haruki Murakami’s highly-anticipated and highly-mysterious new book, IQ84 (1984) has hit the shelves in Japan: and it’s already caused a major frenzy. Publishers have increased the print run to almost 500,000 after orders flooded in. Despite its popularity, however, they’re still unsure if they’ll release an English edition. Murakami is considered to be the country’s top candidate for the Nobel Prize. His earlier work, Norwegian Wood, sold 9.2 million copies and skyrocketed the private author to fame. Note to anxious fans: if his past books are any indication, 1Q94 will feature beautiful women (and their ears), magical cats, and astonishingly evil villains. The two-volume novel is 1,000 pages long.
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