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Haruki Murakami to publish 1st novel in 6 years in April

Japanese writer long seen as contender for Nobel Prize in literature

Haruki Murakami attends a reading at Odense Library in Odense, Denmark in Oct. 2016. The 74-year-old Japanese author will release his first new novel in about six years in April.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Haruki Murakami will release a new novel, his first in around six years, on April 13, its publisher said Wednesday, without divulging the title or plot.

The novel by the 74-year-old Japanese author, long seen as a contender for the Nobel Prize in literature, will cost 2,970 yen ($22) per copy, Shinchosha Publishing said, adding that an e-book version will be released the same day.

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