written by Bella
‘’No matter how vivid a memory, the power of time was stronger. I knew this instinctively.’’
Haruki Murakami is my favorite author of all time. His magical realism, introspective narrators and glimpses of daily Japanese life are what make his works so enchanting and magnetizing.
I was excited to read this book, mostly because art plays an important role in the story. In his previous works, art is often talked about. Music, cooking and books are also discussed abundantly, so it’s not hard to imagine how happy it made me—someone who studied art history and enjoys the pleasures of art—that art is the red line running through this story.
Killing Commendatore is the story of a 36-year-old unnamed narrator who is a portrait artist. He’s exceptionally skilled at what he does and has an interesting way of going about it. As his six-year long marriage is dissolving, the narrator finds himself moving to a cabin in the woods on top of a remote mountain in Odawara, Japan. The father of a friend from art school owns the cabin. His name is Tomohiko Amada, a famous Japanese artist who is now 92-years-old, dealing with dementia and living in a nursing home. Our narrator unearths a secret that sets certain wheels in motion, resulting in bizarre occurrences such as the physical manifestation of an Idea, strange sounds coming from the woods and a Lewis Carroll-esque descent into another realm.