There is plenty in the way of books for me to look forward to in 2014. Some authors I enjoy a lot are publishing books, among them Helen Dunmore, Kamila Shamsie, Michael Cunningham and Emma Donoghue. Ther are books by Sue Monk Kidd, Helen Oyeyemi, A.L. Kennedy, Siri Hustvedt, Teju Cole, Xiaolu Guo and many many more (see resources below).
But for me all of these releases pale in comparison to the releases of two books this year. Not only is Haruki Murakami’s latest novel coming out in English translation but David Mitchell’s new novel The Bone Clocks will be released on 4 September.
Haruki Murakami’s book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is set to be published on 12 August (although the list from The Guardian below has the publication down for October). As a fan of Murakami’s surrealism I am a little disappointed that the latest book stays firmly in reality, but he is always a pleasure to read, nevertheless. This latest book tells the story of Tsukuru Tazaki who was suddenly and inexplicably rejected by his 4 high-school friends many years earlier and still suffers from this loss. The mysterious title refers to the fact that the friends all have surnames that inlcude a colour (eg. Red Pine) while Tsukuri is the only colourless one.
David Mitchell’s Bone Clocks on the other hand promises to stray away from reality. In an early interview with the Spectator Mitchell said there would be ‘dollops of the fantastic in it’ and a more recent article in the Bookseller mentions ‘a cult of predatory soul decanters’. The book tells the story of Holly Sykes in 6 parts, each written from a different point of view. It begins in 1984 when Holly runs away from home and ends in Ireland in 2044, where Holly is raising a grand-child while the world’s climate collapses. Meanwhile she becomes a pawn in the fight between the soul decanters and a group of vigilantes. Sounds strange and exciting enough to leave me intrigued and impatient for the 4th of September!
If you are not a fan of the strange fiction of Murakami and Mitchell, I am sure there is something out there for you as well. Just have a look at the lists of upcoming books and find something to leave you desperately counting off the days.
Pages with lists of upcoming books in 2014:
The Guardian: 2014 in books: turn over a new leaf
The Independent: The best of next year: 2014 book preview
The Independent: Best of 2014: Books
The Sydney Morning Herald: Next chapter: must-read books for 2014
National Post: The most anticipated (Canadian) books of 2014
The Millions: Most Anticipated: The Great 2014 Book Preview
Flavorwire: Flavorwire’s 15 Most Anticipated Books of 2014
Bookmunch: 50 Books We’re Looking Forward To in 2014