In the past we’ve covered lots of book vending machine stories, but this one is surreal. The Muzu publishing house in Poland created three vending machines to dispense Polish translations of Haruki Murakami’s newest novel, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage. These vending machines will be set up in train stations located in Warsaw, Poznan, and Wroclaw Poland. The blockbuster book first came out in Murakami’s native Japan back in April 2013. Knopf, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will release the English language version, translated by Japanese literature expert Philip Gabriel, on August 12, 2014.
The train station connection to the novel is based on the main character’s job of designing railway stations in Tokyo.