A three-volume novel by HarukiMurakami.

Tengo is a writer who, one day, is asked by his editor to rewrite a strange book called Air Chrysalis. Aomame is a girl who once running late for a meeting ends up entering in a emergency passageway that gets her in an alternate dimension. As the novel progresses, the two stories start to merge.

Expect lots of postmodernism and MindScrew.

!The novel contains examples of:
* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Little People are described in these exact words.
* AbusiveParents: Aomame's parents disown her when she leaves the faith. [[spoiler: Fuka-Eri receives abuse at the hands of Sakigake; she is imprisoned in a shed for 10 days as a consequence of dereliction of her duties.]]
* ActionGirl: Aomame, and possibly Ayumi.
* AmoralAttorney: Before being kicked out of the Tokyo Bar Association Ushikawa was a lawyer that helped the yakusa and other unsavory types get away with money laundering and fraud. He had to take such clients mostly due to the difficulties his ugliness caused in getting normal clients.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The three things Aomame hates the most are abusive men, religious fanaticism, and constipation.
* AsYouKnow: Used often as a means of exposition and summarizing previous events.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: The men Aomame assassinates.]]
* BadassNormal: Aomame and Tamaru.
* BadassGay: Tamaru.
* BadMoonRising: In 1Q84, a second moon appears in the sky to show that something is not normal.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Aomame is [[spoiler:an assassin, but she only kills men who have been abusive and "despicable"]]. As goes with the Madame [[spoiler: who gives Aomame her assignments]]. Komatsu [[spoiler:displays a more self-serving morality]].
* ChekhovsGun: Discussed at length regarding an actual gun. [[spoiler:Ultimately averted, as the gun is never fired.]]
* [[DeathBySex Death by]] [[spoiler:Sex: Ayumi.]]
* {{Doorstopper}}: The Japanese version is 1600 pages long and the English version is 900 pages. The audiobook clocks in at over 46 hours.
* DownTheRabbitHole: How Aomame ends up in the altered world. [[spoiler: She exits the Metropolitan Expressway no. 3 in the beginning of the story through the emergency construction ladder.]]
* CyanidePill: Aomame holds onto a gun given to her by Tamaru, should the need to use it arise in the course of her mission [[spoiler: to kill Leader]]. See Chekhov's Gun.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: It takes about 20 years for Aomame and Tengo to find each other.
* EccentricMentor: Komatsu
* EldritchAbomination: Despite the name, the Little People have some shades of this too.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Leader is never named in speech, although his real name is Tamotsu [[spoiler:Fukada]].
* {{Expy}}: Ushikawa, a rather weird, ugly man who works for [[spoiler: the Big Bad]] and goes on at length about his own contemptible qualities, is very similar to a character also named Ushikawa in TheWindUpBirdChronicle.
* FairCop: Ayumi
* FirstGirlWins: After two decades apart, even.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Tengo and Aomame make it out of the two-moon world, but where they end up is not quite like how Aomame remembers it.]]
* GenreBusting: The novel is a fantasy/sci-fi/thriller mix.
* GroinAttack: Aomame is an expert at the groin attack and leads a class teaching women to perform this trope.
* TheGrotesque: Ushikawa.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Tengo's girlfriend, despite being married to someone else, insists on Tengo being completely monogamous.
* KickTheDog: The [[TheFairFolk Little People]]'s torture of Tsubasa.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: 1Q84 is a pun on [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]].
** 9 is read as Kyū ([[DontExplainTheJoke which sounds kind of like 'Q']]) in Japanese
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Tengo's girlfriend]] conveniently disappears as [[spoiler:Aomame]] gets closer to finding him.
** Same thing with [[spoiler:Ayumi getting killed]].
* MushroomSamba[=/=]PinkElephants: Tengo has a rather odd drug induced hallucination.
* NeverSayDie: Aomame refers to people dying as "being sent to another world".
* NotSoDifferent: Ushikawa realizes that he has a lot in common with Tengo.
* NotSoStoic: Ushikawa prides himself on being detached from connections with others and emotions. But his commentary makes it clear that he deeply misses his ex-wife and two daughters. [[spoiler: As he dies he thinks of them.]]
* NowDoItAgainBackwards: [[spoiler:Aomame and Tengo are able to escape the world of 1Q84 by climbing back up the emergency escape ladder Aomame climbed down when she entered it.]]
* {{Omnibus}}: Originally published as three separate volumes, the English release combined all into one really big book.
* OedipusComplex: Tengo struggles with his father, and convinces himself that the man is not his biological father. Tengo overcomes his father by reading to him, while he is in a coma. (Taking on a role-reversal of sorts, but also allowing Tengo to self-reflect, almost at his father's expense). In the same place, the town of cats, Tengo spends the night with one of the nurses, Kumi Adachi. He does not sleep with her, but he smokes hash with her and has a vivid memory of her luxuriant pubic hair (a sign of maturity). Later on after Tengo's father passes away, it is hinted that Kumi may be the reincarnation of Tengo's mother, though Tengo himself never comes close to making this connection.
* ParrotExposition: Happens a lot, especially when someone is talking to Fuka-Eri.
* PowersThatBe: The little people.
* PunBasedTitle: The title is a pun on [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]. The number 9 in Japanese is pronounced the same as the English letter Q.
* TheRedStapler: Janácek's Sinfonietta became more popular after the release of this book.
* SadisticChoice: Aomame can either [[spoiler:kill the leader, causing the Little People to lose any interest in Tengo but result in Sagikake coming after her, or let him live, in which case the Little People will arrange Tengo's death.]]
** She ultimately chooses [[spoiler:to kill the leader]], but the effects don't get explored in time.
* SealedWithAKiss: [[spoiler:The book ends with Tengo and Aomame sleeping together.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Maza and Dohta
* SpoilerTitle: After 78 chapters of Tengo and Aomame looking for each other, the last chapter of Book 3 is called "Tengo and Aomame".
* StarCrossedLovers: "Tengo and Aomame"
* TheStoic: Fuka-Eri never shows emotions. [[spoiler: This is because she was separated from her dohta at a young age, a dohta being revealed as the shadow of one's heart. She isn't the cliché shell-of-a-person zombie-like character in the absence of her shadow; she still has a semblance of personality.]] Murakami has a unique conception of a person's shadow, which appears in other works. See [[HardBoiledWonderlandAndTheEndOfTheWorld]]
* StoryWithinAStory: Air Chrysalis, [[spoiler: written by Fuka-Eri and edited by Tengo.]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: The taxi driver comparing Aomame to Faye Dunaway in ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'', after Aomame had previously thought over the similarities herself.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler: Ayumi.]]
* TheRat: [[spoiler:Averted. The only people who know about Aomame's assassinations are Tamaru and the Madame herself. While one might be able to expect Aomame being ratted on, instead she becomes part of the Madame's protected 'family'. Tamaru shares with Aomame a story of his past involving a half-black half-Japanese child in his orphanage carving rats out of wooden blocks. He uses the term, "pulling the rat out" of the blocks of wood. The author also pulls the possible rat from the story]]
* ThisIsReality: Tamaru to Aomame, see Chekhov's Gun
* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: Books 1 & 2 are TwoLinesNoWaiting with Tengo and Aomame, but Book 3 introduces Ushikawa. Ushikawa's plot line runs slightly behind the plot lines of of Tengo and Aomame's. Some events are re-told later in the book, from Ushikawa's perspective.
* ThresholdGuardians: The Esso Tiger on the billboard on the expressway where Aomame enters 1Q84. He is seen multiple times, kind of acts as a gatekeeper since he is present at the gate to parallel dimensions.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: [[spoiler:Aomame]] thinks that the illegality of her actions are a trivial detail.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Tengo. What's odd is that he manages to come to an understanding while his father is in a coma.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Aomame]] kills people who, as far as she's concerned, deserve it.
* WifeBasherBasher: The motivation of Aomame and the Dowager.