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Special Reveal: Collectable Murakami Stickers

by Random House Australia on 20 June 2014

Special Reveal: Collectable Murakami Stickers

Random House is delighted to reveal today further information about its edition of Haruki Murakami's new novel COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE.

First editions of the novel will include a special sheet of stickers designed by five Japanese illustrators, commissioned by Creative Director Suzanne Dean.

Suzanne's front cover design is an elegant abstract image representing the five main characters in the book, the close childhood friends Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. Tsukuru means 'to make' or 'to build', and this is the concept behind the stickers, which encourage the reader to decorate the novel themselves.

Suzanne explains: 'The meaning of Tsukuru's name was a gift, a perfect match for the idea of including adult stickers for the reader to use to decorate the novel. My young son's delight in using stickers everywhere started me thinking about this. I had seen stickers used on Royal Mail stamps, on CDs and, of course, in children's books, but I didn't think they had been incorporated into adult fiction. I commissioned five Japanese illustrators, who were asked to read the novel with their allotted character in mind, and to create stickers that were coloured in a way that indicated their character. These illustrators brought a uniquely Japanese style and a knowledge of Japanese detail to the project.'

The sticker sheet is featured below.

COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE will be available in hardback and ebook on 12th August 2014, translated into English from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include NORWEGIAN WOOD, THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE, KAFKA ON THE SHORE, AFTER DARK, WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING and 1Q84. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.

Mio Matsumoto: Colorless

Mio Matsumoto graduated from the Royal College of Art and is currently living and working in Tokyo. My Diary was her first publication in 2008, with publisher Jonathan Cape.

Fumio Obata: Blue

Fumio Obata was born in Tokyo and came to Britain in 1991. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He worked in animation for some years before deciding to concentrate on comic books and illustration. His Just So Happens (2014) has recently been published by Jonathan Cape.

Ryu Itadani: Red

Ryu Itadani, was born in Osaka, Japan and currently lives and works in Berlin. Ryu's commissioned works include LEXUS, MONOCLE, Onitsuka Tiger, and The Guardian.

Natsko Seki: White

Natsko Seki was born in Japan and now lives and works in London. Her meticulous collages are achieved with both her drawings and her own photographs.

Shinko Okuhara: Black

Shinko Okuhara was born in Miyagi, Japan and now lives and works in Tokyo. He published the art books KU U KI in 2004 and Sleeping Figure in 2008.


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