Posted July. 13, 2017 07:17,
Updated July. 13, 2017 07:36
Kyobo Bookstore’s Gwanghwamun main branch opened a separate sale booth for the novel. The store plans to run a separate bookshelf that offers a collection of music CDs that are mentioned in Haruki’s high-profile literary works and flagship books from Thursday.
"Killing Commendatore" reportedly has preorders that are more than three times that of his previous works. According to online bookstore Aladdin, a total of 4,979 copies of the new novel’s Volume 1 have been sold through preorders. This translates into 3.7 times the sale of Volume 1 (2009) of his book "1Q84," and three times the sale of his book "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2013)." By age, people in their 30s (43.3 percent) numbered the most among the buyers of the new novel in Korea, followed by those in their 40s (28.1 percent) and 20s (19 percent), respectively.
“The number of copies of ‘Killing Commendatore’ sold through preorders is largest among Haruki’s works that have been released thus far,” said Choi Won-ho, foreign novel merchandizer at Aladdin. “Considering that the main buyers of his book ‘1Q84’ were people in their 20s (27.6 percent), the age level of readers of his books also seems to be gradually increasing as they get older along with the novelist.”