Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


Author: Haruki Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel

9780099590378 | PB | pp. 298 | 2014 | Vintage Books

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is a mesmerizing mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami is a novel that tells the story of a young man named Tsukuru Tazaki who is haunted by a great loss. The book explores themes of friendship, loss, and self-discovery, and is set in Japan and Europe.

Tsukuru Tazaki is a 36-year-old engineer who lives in Tokyo. He is a quiet and introspective person who has always struggled to connect with others. When he was in college, Tsukuru had a close-knit group of friends who called themselves the “colorless” group. The group consisted of five people, including Tsukuru, and each person had a color in their name except for Tsukuru. He felt like he didn’t belong and was the only one without a color.

One day, the other members of the group suddenly cut off all contact with Tsukuru without any explanation. This event traumatized Tsukuru and left him feeling lost and alone. Sixteen years later, Tsukuru meets a woman named Sara who encourages him to confront his past and find out why his friends abandoned him. Tsukuru decides to embark on a journey to visit each of his former friends and try to uncover the truth about what happened.

As Tsukuru travels to each friend’s city, he reflects on his past and the events that led to his isolation. He also has vivid dreams and nightmares that reveal his deepest fears and desires. Through his journey, Tsukuru learns about the complexities of human relationships and the importance of facing one’s past in order to move forward. He also discovers the truth about why his friends cut him off and is able to find closure.

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Haruki Murakami
Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel







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About the Contributors

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. His novels, essays, and short stories have been bestsellers in Japan and internationally, with his work translated into 50 languages and having sold millions of copies outside Japan.

James Philip Gabriel is an American translator and Japanologist.


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