Photo/IllutrationThe spines of Haruki Murakami’s "Kishidancho Goroshi" ((c) Shinchosha Publishing Co.)

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Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s long-awaited new novel is titled "Kishidancho Goroshi" (Killing Commendatore) and will be published in two volumes, Shinchosha Publishing Co. announced Jan. 10.

Although the publisher disclosed the title, the plot remains a closely guarded secret. "Commendatore" is Italian for commander.

The two parts--subtitled "Arawareru idea" (Emerging idea) and "Utsurou metaphor" (Moving metaphor)--will simultaneously go on sale in Japan on Feb. 24 at 1,944 yen ($16.78) each.

Murakami, 67, wrote the story on 2,000 pages of 400-character manuscript paper.

It will be the best-selling author’s first full-length novel in four years after "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," and his first multi-volume work in seven years since the three-part “1Q84.”