Haruki Murakami’s Advice Column Is Now an 8-Volume Book

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Now you can read the best of Haruki Murakami's advice on cats, death, and adultery all in one place. Excerpts from the enigmatic Japanese author's online-advice column, which he started in January, were just released in book form. A total of 37,465 questions were submitted to the site, of which Murakami — who has a life — managed to answer 3,716. Of those, Japanese publisher Shinchosa chose 473 to feature in its new hardcover book, the cover of which features Murakami sipping tea between a cat eating a doughnut and a ram clutching a record, because why not? Murakami also specifically requested a digital edition, which includes all 3,716 responses and, if printed, would span eight volumes. True Murakami devotees should brush up on their Japanese if they want in on his worldly wisdom; so far neither book has an English translation.