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Haruki Murakami's upcoming novel excerpted at Slate
Haruki Murakami's upcoming novel excerpted at Slate

There is more than a fortnight to wait for Haruki Murakami's new novel, "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," but today fans can get a taste at Slate. A review of the book that had been posted by The Guardian early Monday has been removed because it breached an embargo. Slate's excerpt includes a story within a story within a story: A man in his early 20s relates a story told to him by his father; one of the people in that story tells a slightly unbelievable story of his own. On one level, the excerpt plays with how we read through a narrative frame. Who is speaking? How far removed is the tale — and at what distance does it become legend? On...