I get *really* excited about new Murakami novels for two reasons:
1. I love Murakami novels. I like his short fiction; I *love* his novels.
2. Knopf (usually Mssrs. Gall and/or Kidd) always does such a wonderful job with the Murakami books. Looks like another home run to me, and a long wait until May 8 when it's released.
Interesting that "A Novel" is placed right in the middle of the cover. This here blog gets more comments about the use and placement of "A Novel" than pretty much any other design-related issue. Personally, from what I can tell from the scan I like it; it draws my eye deep into the cover and enhances the three-dimensionality that the photo and the overlay treatment create.
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