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hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world

Hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world


Hitsuji o meguru boken Sekai no owari to Hādoboirudo Wandārando


First published in Japan by Shinchosha (1985)
Translated by Alfred Birnbaum

Published in English in 1989 by Kodansha English Library (Japan)

UK (Hamish Hamilton 1990, Penguin 1991)

UK edition published 2001 by Vintage
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-10: 0099448785

US edition published 1993 by Vintage:
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-10: 0679743464

First, about the mind. You tell me there is no fighting or hatred or desire in the Town. That this is a beautiful dream, and I do want your happiness. But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope.

This is 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 expanced Haruki Murakami's international following, tracking one man's descent into the kafkaesque underworld 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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