Monday 9 January at 7.00pm
Free for Japan Society Members
Having read volume 1 of this trilogy for the December book club and following positive feedback from members it has been decided that the January book club will discuss volumes 2 and 3.
IQ84 follows the paths of four central characters: Aomame, Tengo, Komatsu and Fukaeri in 1984 Tokyo. The book has two distinct story lines. One follows Aomame and starts with assassinating a guest at a plush hotel. The other involves Fukaeri a young 17 year old girl and begins with her manuscript for a literary contest being re-written by up-coming novelist Tengo and his mentor Komatsu. As the book progresses these two unrelated plot lines and parallel worlds converge. IQ84 has many themes including murder, history, cult religion, violence, family ties and love which makes it an intriguing read.
Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author and translator. He has won numerous awards including the Franz Kafka Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. Murakami writes both fiction and non-fiction.
The book club is held on the second Monday of the month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.
Please email the office if you would like to attend.