A novel by Haruki Murakami always causes a bookstore rush in Japan. His latest, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, has sold a million copies in its first week of release.
It contains a description of Franz Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage suite, in a 1977 interpretation by Lazar Berman. Downloads of the album rocketed it to top spot in the Japan charts and DG are having to reprint the CD.
Memo to novelists: remember to sign the label deal, along with the book contract.