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Leah Chase

Disappearances unexplained in ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’

“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” follows 36-year-old Tsukuru Tazaki, who seeks closure with the four friends who unexpectedly cut him off 16 years prior.

"Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" performs the most delicate balancing act between what many of Murakami’s devoted readers describe as the two fundamental categories of Murakamian style: highly imaginative magical realism and subdued yet equally philosophical and introspective realism peppered with supernatural occurrences. With the central conflict hinging on a rather supernatural sleep paralysis experience, it refuses to be identified with either of the two established categories. One might be quick to compare "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" to Murakami’s 2004 novel, "After Dark," which also incorporates supernatural dreams, yet the latter novel merely uses magic as a backdrop for metaphysical exploration.
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