The New Yorker has published Haruki Murakami’s new short story “Samsa in Love.” For Murakami or Kafka fans, it’s well worth the read:
“He woke to discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsa ..
All he knew was that he was now a human whose name was Gregor Samsa. And how did he know that? Perhaps someone had whispered it in his ear while he lay sleeping? But who had he been before he became Gregor Samsa? What had he been?”
At least those 7000 or so words will have to tide fans over until the English translates of Murakami’s newest novel, Coloruless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage comes out some time vaguely next year (Los Angeles Times: “Haruki Murakami’s latest novel to be published in the U.S. in 2014.”) Based on the popularity of 1Q84 and the Harry Potter-esque demand of the novel in Japan, I am hopeful it’ll be worth the wait.