'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.
“A remarkable writer...he captures the common ache of contemporary heart and head”
“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”
“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”