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'His fantasies, with their easy reference to western pulp fiction and music, retain a beauty of the mind' Guardian

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.

Reviews

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

How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration

Independent on Sunday

Murakami is a true original and yet in many ways he is also Franz Kafka's successor because he seems to have the intelligence to know what Kafka truly was - a comic writer

Sunday Herald

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    9781448103683

    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    416 pages

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    9780099448785

    April 1, 2003

    Vintage

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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