Murakami’s new book to be released Feb. 24 in Japan

AP, Kyodo

Haruki Murakami’s new book has a title, though its content remains a mystery.

“Kishidancho Goroshi,” or “Killing Commendatore,” will hit Japanese bookstores Feb. 24, the book’s publisher, Shinchosha Publishing Co., said Tuesday. Overseas availability isn’t yet known.

Shinchosha said the book will have two parts, subtitled “Emerging Ideas” and “Moving Metaphor.”

The novel will be priced at ¥1,944, tax included, said Shinchosha, via which Murakami, 67, released in 2009 and 2010 a long excerpt from “Book 1” through “Book 3” of his novel “1Q84.”

The titles suggest a contrast from the past works by the acclaimed best-selling writer.

“The titles perhaps give you an impression that is different from Murakami’s past works, don’t they? What is its content like?” Shinchosha said in an email.

The publisher would only say more hints will come later. Murakami has described it as a very strange story.

The author usually shies away from the limelight, although he has spoken out on issues such as world peace and nuclear energy. He began writing while running a jazz bar in Tokyo after finishing college.

His 1987 romantic novel “Norwegian Wood” was his first best-seller, establishing him as a young literary star.

His most recent novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” was released in Japan in 2013.