Killing Commendatore

A Novel

704 pages

English language

Published Dec. 12, 2019 by Penguin Random House.


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4 stars (7 reviews)

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When a thirty-something portrait painter is abandoned by his wife, he secludes himself in the mountain home of a world famous artist. One day, the young painter hears a noise from the attic, and upon investigation, he discovers a previously unseen painting. By unearthing this hidden work of art, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances; and to close it, he must undertake a perilous journey into a netherworld that only Haruki Murakami could conjure.

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Content warning There are mild spoilers about topics and small pieces of content contained in the work; a mention of sexual assault; and something that feels dangerously close to sexualisation of a child's body

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I usually love Murakami, but this one? This one has failed me. The main character is your typical boring straight guy whose arrogance peeks through a humble facade. That's fine, that's forgivable. But his detailed fixation on his dead 12-year-old sister's breasts? Even reminiscing about them as she lay in her coffin?! Nahhhhh, time to set this book down. I've been fighting to keep my attention on this book because I know Murakami's writing is usually a slow burn. But I've never had to work this hard to stick with a book. 113 pages in, any fight I had left was gone. I'm so disappointed. 

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  • Near and far eastern fiction (fictional works by one author)
  • Artists, fiction
  • Fiction, psychological
  • Fiction, fantasy, contemporary