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A half a million copies of internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami’s new book have been printed as excitement builds for the reclusive author’s latest work, which goes on sale Friday.

The book, “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi,” now being unofficially translated as “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” is Murakami’s first work since the final installment of his “1Q84” trilogy was released in 2010.

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