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Fans of Haruki Murakami lined up at bookstores from the wee hours of Friday morning to be the first to get their hands on the famed author’s much-anticipated new novel.

“Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi,” (“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”) — the first novel penned by Murakami since his “1Q84” trilogy was released from 2009 to 2010 — already has a prerelease print run of half a million copies.

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