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Everything is secret, except the author and title. But the first novel in five years by Haruki Murakami has become a hit even before its arrival in stores Friday.

“It is amazing. People are craving his latest novel,” said Takashi Machii, spokesman for Shinchosha, the book’s publisher, which has raised the first print run to 480,000 copies, up from 380,000 after the orders started flooding in.

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