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1Q84 (Book 1, 2)

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1Q84 Volume 1

Haruki Murakami

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1984. Aomame has two ears of different sizes. During a rendezvous with a wealthy oil dealer, she pulls out a needle and stabs him - a contract killing to atone for an old injustice. Tengo is a hobby writer. He is supposed to revise a novel by the eccentric 17-year-old Fukaeri so that she can win a literary prize. The text is extremely original, but poorly written - a risky assignment. Aomame wonders why the news doesn't report her murder. Has she got into a parallel world? To distinguish this sphere from ordinary life in 1984, Aomame gives the new, scary world the name 1Q84.

cover Paperback
Page number 1021
Publication date 10.09.2012
language German
ISBN 978-3-442-74362-9
publishing company btb
Dimensions (L / W / H) 18.8 / 12.8 / 4.7 cm
Weight 563 g
Original title 1Q84 Book 1 & 2
Illustrations black and white illustrations
translator Ursula Graefe
Sales rank 49019
Immediately available, free delivery from 30 € purchase value, free shipping for Bonuscard customers
Free delivery from 30 € purchase value
Free shipping for Bonuscard customers
cover Paperback
Page number 1021
Publication date 10.09.2012
language German
ISBN 978-3-442-74362-9
publishing company btb
Dimensions (L / W / H) 18.8 / 12.8 / 4.7 cm
Weight 563 g
Original title 1Q84 Book 1 & 2
Illustrations black and white illustrations
translator Ursula Graefe
Sales rank 49019

description

1984. Aomame has two ears of different sizes. During a rendezvous with a wealthy oil dealer, she pulls out a needle and stabs him - a contract killing to atone for an old injustice. Tengo is a hobby writer. He is supposed to revise a novel by the eccentric 17-year-old Fukaeri so that she can win a literary prize. The text is extremely original, but poorly written - a risky assignment. Aomame wonders why the news doesn't report her murder. Has she got into a parallel world? To distinguish this sphere from ordinary life in 1984, Aomame gives the new, scary world the name 1Q84.

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The year is 1984 and Aomame is in a taxi for an important meeting. She is stuck in a traffic jam and will most likely be late as a result. She follows the tip of the taxi driver and tries to use an emergency staircase to get to another means of public transport. Tengo gets a strange job. He is supposed to revise the novel of the rather unusual 17-year-old Fukaeri, everything is strictly a secret, so that she gets a certain literary prize with her novel. The content of the novel to be revised is very original, including the mysterious Little People. However, it is rather poorly written. When two languages ​​differ as much as German and Japanese do, it is a truly masterful effort to translate a work that is over a thousand pages long. Two masters have met here, literarily noted. Ursula Gräfe is the German voice of Murakami and in an interview she said about her work that you have to be careful not to make any nonsense. In this context, it is worth mentioning that Dangerous Beloved was newly translated by her directly from Japanese (= south of the border, west of the sun), and I would be curious to see whether one or the other “old” work of Murakami would not also be there would be worth re-translating. Even if I find that the translators are not paid enough tribute, I would like to keep this topic brief and come back to Murakami and 1Q84. He is one of my favorite Japanese writers and with 1Q84 he hit the bull's eye with me when it comes to his works. The story is told by Aomame, who quickly realizes that she is stranded in a kind of parallel world. She calls this world 1Q84. The title is a play on words, the explanation of which the reader will find in the novel and is not only a reference to George Orwell's most famous work. Alternately, however, the story is told from Tengo's point of view, although it is not immediately apparent in which context the two relate to each other. Well-known suspects are back again. Be it the usual Cutty Sark that is drunk, the surreal world with which the main protagonists grapple, or the sexuality and attraction of the city dwellers that they have to face. Here, too, lies a special feature that can also be found in his other works: the characters that he stages so very successfully could be city dwellers from anywhere in the world. One can now ask whether the development in the cities is the same everywhere, or whether Murakami's descriptions are too general. I still tend to believe the former. This really wonderfully successful mixture and his narrative style (= the interplay of how he changes times and perspective is really unique) is crucial for me to read his works over and over again. The first two Japanese volumes were published in German as one novel, which explains the unusual length of the novel. I'm really looking forward to the third and final novel. Those readers who do not know Haruki Murakami at all could now, after reading the novel, accuse the great maestro of being long-winded and repeating the text, and the follower of Murakami appreciates the fact that he does not lapse into undue haste anywhere. 1Q84 should be read with the due care and patience, because only then will you be able to appreciate and recognize your style and narrative. After all, variety is the spice of life and so I can with a clear conscience refer to a Japanese-American author who enchanted me with her storytelling at least as much as Murakami. Ruht Ozeki made her German debut with "Geschichte für den Moment" and I think she is a really wonderful writer who can be warmly recommended.

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