Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
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 wildly inventive fantasy and a meditation on the many uses of the mind
Rowan writes: HBW has all the trademark eccentricity of Murakamiâ€™s early work, but also a structure in which the two seemingly unrelated stories which unfold gradually come together to reveal the secret at the heart of the narrative. This is also an exercise in plays on genre, from the hard-boiled detective fiction of the title to the surreal village at the end of the world where fantasy and technology come together. This work may well be Haruki Murakamiâ€™s masterpiece.