Fans of Haruki Murakami rushed to Japanese bookstores Friday to get his latest work with an esoteric title.
"Kishidancho Goroshi," or "Killing Commendatore," is a two-part story about a 36-year-old portrait painter and what happens after his wife divorces him and he moves into an old house on a mountainside west of Tokyo. The mysterious events include meeting a neighbor and finding the painting that shares the book's title.
Murakami has described it as a very strange story.
Devoted fans of the internationally acclaimed and best-selling writer lined up outside stores on the eve of the book launch.
Shinchosha Publishing Co. said overseas...