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In May 2009, Haruki Murakami released “1Q84” to tremendous sales and mostly positive domestic reviews. The novel, released initially in two parts, follows two, 29-year-old Tokyoites as they are pulled into an alternative version of the year 1984.

We follow Aomame, a fitness instructor and part-time assassin, and Tengo Kawana, a tutor at a cram school and a part-time writer and editor, over the course of 1,055 pages as they are sucked into the intrigues of a fictional religious cult, loosely based on Aum Shinrikyo and radical movements from the 1960s and ’70s.

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