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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.

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  • Paperback


    April 1, 2003


    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    416 pages

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Also by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women
Kafka On The Shore
Norwegian Wood
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
Killing Commendatore
Absolutely on Music
Wind/ Pinball
The Strange Library
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Murakami Diary
After Dark
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Birthday Stories
The Elephant Vanishes
Dance Dance Dance
A Wild Sheep Chase
After the Quake
Sputnik Sweetheart
South of the Border, West of the Sun


Norwegian Wood
The Bear and The Nightingale
The Handmaid's Tale
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Colour Of Magic
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Thirst
The Night Circus
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
Tiger Men
Ready Player One
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home