'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage'
New York based illustrator Victo Ngai has brought acclaimed author Haruki Murakami’s latest novel to life for a review in the Boston Globe this week. I am a huge fan of Ngai's work, which tends to be highly gestural and always saturated with color, and this is just another fantastic example to add to a running list of favorites.
Here is her take on the assignment, as described on her personal blog:
"Being a long time Murakami fan, I was super excited when AD Kim from Boston Globe asked me to create the art for the 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' book review.
In 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,' Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, he allows his hero to eavesdrop on one of life’s darkest possible tunes: the inner hum, the secret desire, for death. As the book opens, the 'colorless' Tsukuru Tasaki has fallen into a terrible depression. Tsukuru’s four closest friends, who are nicknamed by colors, abruptly and unequivocally cut him off. All he can think about is dying. Tsukuru escapes the void, just barely, and emerges a new person, the person we follow through the rest of this book. Murakami elegantly describes how emotional trauma can lead us to disassociate. [...] This is actually my first time working with the Boston Globe, what a great way to start!"
Read the review here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2014/08/16/book-review-colorless-tsukuru-tazaki-and-his-years-pilgrimage-haruki-murakami/0RcogY8ua1YeLlxkve7hyH/story.html