Murakami novel best-seller of 2013

Kyodo

Writer Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” was the best-selling book in Japan during the 12-month period through November, selling an estimated 985,000 copies, information firm Oricon Inc. said.

The story revolves around a lonely 36-year-old man who feels empty and tries to find out the truth behind an event that deeply hurt him in his adolescence.

Novels were strong in the reporting period — from Nov. 19, 2012 to Nov. 17, 2013. Other top 10 entrants in the general category included Naoki Hyakuta’s “Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko” (“The Man Who was Called a Pirate”), and Jun Ikeido’s “Rosujene no Gyakushu” (“The Lost Generation Strikes Back”).