The epigraph for Murakami’s novel is:
It’s a Barnum and Bailey world,
just as phony as it can be,
But it wouldn’t be make-believe
if you believed in me
“It’s Only a Paper Moon,”
— Billy Rose and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
With the popularity of this book, expect that Janáček’s Sinfonietta will receive more attention.