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Hard-Boiled Wonderland - Haruki Murakami

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A 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 Murakami's international following. Tracking one man's descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy. The result is a wildly inventive fantasy and a meditation on the many uses of the mind.

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Murakami's masterpiece

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Comments about Hard-Boiled Wonderland:

By far Murakami'realms best novel, this novel Murakami's get you so engaged that you cant think of anything else, you are forced through an imaginative portal to Murakami's Realm. Best novel out of Japan since 'the devotion of suspect X'. Mind distorting, highly imaginative,creepy and kinky

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"His fantasies, with their easy reference to western pulp fiction and music, retain a beauty of the mind" Guardian "A remarkable writer...he captures the common ache of contemporary heart and head" -- Jay McInerney "Combines a witty sci-fi pastiche and a dream-like Utopian fantasy in two separate narratives which alternate in an interweave of precognition and deja vu" -- Richard Lloyd Parry Independent "Here is abundant imagination at play" Sunday Times "Murakami's bold willingness to go straight-over-the-top has always been a signal indication of his genius...a powerful melange of disillusioned radicalism, keen intelligence, wicked sarcasm and a general allegiance to the surreal. If Murakami is the "voice of a generation," as he is often proclaimed in Japan, then it is the generation of Thomas Pynchon and Don De Lillo" Washington Post

Haruki Murakami

Legend has it that on a warm day in Spring 1974 while watching a baseball game Murakami-san had the inspiration to write his first novel, later called Hear the Wind sing.

It won him his first Literary award and is part of The Trilogy of the Rat together with Pinball 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase .

His career as an writer took off fast and a steady flow of Novels, Short Stories, Articles and Documentaries followed.

The fact that he spent a good part of his life outside Japan, mainly in the US and southern Europe, is maybe the key factor of his growing worldwide success.

The stories and settings are familiar to Westerners and yet there is a distinctive Japanese touch.

Visit Haruki Murakami's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780099448785
ISBN-10: 0099448785
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: April 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1