Haruki Murakami’s upcoming book, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” will come with a book of stickers, guys — stickers. So, basically, it’s a lot like Lucky magazine — if Lucky magazine was all about post-adolescent listlessness and the permeability of dimensions.
According to The Guardian, first editions of the book — which comes out in the U.S. in August — will include a sheet of stickers by five Japanese designers. A release cited by the publication explains that “Tsukuru” means “to make” or “to build” in Japanese and the stickers were included in order to “encourage the reader to decorate the novel themselves.” I might opt to stick them all over my face instead, but that’s just me.
“My young son’s delight in using stickers everywhere started me thinking about this,” said publisher Harvill Secker’s creative director Suzanne Dean. “I had seen stickers used on Royal Mail stamps, on CDs and, of course, in children’s books, but I didn’t think they had been incorporated into adult fiction.”
Books like J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s “S.” have included additional items like postcards, notes and annotations, but the idea of slapping stickers next to words does, indeed, seem novel. Pun kind of intended.
The stickers in question are below: