Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki MurakamiA narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakamis international following. Tracking one mans descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.
HARD BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Haruki Murakami - Book Review
The English translation by Alfred Birnbaum was released in A strange and dreamlike novel, its chapters alternate between two bizarre narratives—"Hard-Boiled Wonderland" a cyberpunk -like, science fiction part and "The End of the World" a virtual fantasy-like, surreal part. The story is split between parallel narratives.
Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
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Information is everything in Hard-boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants. Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine to create a novel that is surreal, beautiful, thrilling and extraordinary. Download PDF booklet.