TOKYO: The new novel by literary superstar Haruki Murakami was Japan’s biggest-selling book of 2013, the nation’s largest distributer said. The novel, about a man struggling to come to terms with events in his past, beat off competition from the flood of self-help books and how-to manuals published in Japan every year to come top of the list released Monday by Nippon Shuppan Hanbai. Murakami’s “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi (Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage)” was released in Japanese in April.

The best-seller list covers the 12-month period to November 30. The distributor does not disclose the number of copies it sold but Bungei Shunju, the publisher of the Murakami book, says it has printed 1.05 million copies. Second place in the list went to a book by a cancer specialist cautioning against sufferers having surgery too early.–AFP