Killing Commendatore

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Killing Commendatore
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami - Cover.png
AuthorHaruki Murakami
Original titleKishidancho Goroshi
TranslatorPhilip Gabriel and Ted Goossen
GenreHistorical fiction
Publication date
February 24, 2017
Published in English
October 9, 2018
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages704 (US)
Preceded byColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Killing Commendatore (Kishidancho Goroshi) is a novel written by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.[1][2] The novel was released in Japan on February 24, 2017[1] and on October 9, 2018 in the US[3] and UK [4][5].

The publisher of the book states that 1.3 million copies are planned for the first-edition Japanese prints.[6]


In Hong Kong, the book is classified by the Obscene Articles Tribunal of Hong Kong under "Class II - indecent".[7] Under such classification, the publisher must not distribute the book to people under the age of 18, and it must be sealed with printed warnings on the front and back covers. Public libraries are not allowed to lend the book to anyone under 18. Following the classification, the book was also removed from the shelves of the Hong Kong Book Fair.[8]

The public responded by a petition, created using Google Forms and posted on Facebook by the group "The HK House of Literature", written jointly by 24 groups. The petition declared that the decision would "bring shame to Hong Kong people" and warned that it could hurt international standing of the city's publishing and cultural sectors. On July 26, 2018, the petition received 2,100 signatures.[9]

Critical response[edit]

The book received generally positive reviews. The review aggregator website Book Marks reported that 37% of critics gave the book a "rave" review, whilst 11% of the critics "panned" the book. 53% of the critics expressed either "positive" (26%) or "mixed" (26%) impressions, based on a sample of 19 reviews.[10]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "'Killing Commendatore': Murakami's latest lacks inspired touch of earlier works | The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  2. ^ "5 things to know about Murakami's Killing Commendatore". Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Lila. "How Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore Cover Came Together". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  4. ^ "Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami | Waterstones". Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  5. ^ "Killing Commendatore: Early Opening". Foyles. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  6. ^ YAMAGUCHI, MARI. "Japanese fans rush to get Haruki Murakami's 'Killing Commendatore'". Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  7. ^ Flood, Alison (2018-07-25). "Haruki Murakami's new novel declared 'indecent' by Hong Kong censors". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  8. ^ "Access to 'indecent' Murakami novel restricted at Hong Kong public libraries". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  9. ^ "New Murakami novel ruled 'indecent' by Hong Kong censors". Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  10. ^ "Killing Commendatore". Book Marks. Retrieved November 5, 2018.