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Awards

Winner of Japan's Tanizaki Prize

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In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan's most popular (and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is simultaneously cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.

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"[A] stunning combination of the contemporary and brash with elegiac allegory, all topped off by a strong measure of cyberpunk....One of those rare postmodern novels that is as intellectually profound as stylistically accomplished, by a writer with a bold and original vision." Kirkus Reviews

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"There ought to be a name for the genre Murakami has invented, and it might be the literary pyrotechno-thriller....Murakami's lightning prose more than sustains the reader....Murakami's ingenuity and inventiveness cannot fail to intoxicate; this is a bravura performance." Publishers Weekly

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"The characters in the novel are cardboard cutouts, not even animated enough to find their own lives banal." Paul West, The New York Times Book Review

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"[E]xcellent....Murakami's fast-paced style, full of hip internationalism, slangy allegory, and intrigue, has been adroitly translated." Library Journal

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"The book is rich in action, suspense, odd characters, and unexpected trifles....Whatever interpretation a reader chooses to give this provocative work, it will not be found boring." The Atlantic Monthly

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"Murakami's bold willingness to go straight over the top [is] a signal indication of his genius...a world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks." Washington Post Book World

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"He has become the foremost representative of a new style of Japanese writing: hip, cynical, and highly stylized, set at the juncture of cyberpunk, postmodernism, and hard-boiled detective fiction....Murakami [is] adept at deadpan wit, outrageous style." Los Angeles Times Magazine

Synopsis:

Japan's most widely-read and controversial writer, author of A Wild Sheep Chase, hurtles into the consciousness of the West with this narrative about a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters — not to mention Bob Dylan and Lauren Bacall.

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. The most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe. He is the author of the novels Dance, Dance, Dance; The Wind-up Bird Chronicle; A Wild Sheep Chase; South of the Border, West of the Sun; and Sputnik Sweetheart; of The Elephant Vanishes, a collection of stories; and of Underground, a work of non-fiction. His work has been translated into fourteen languages.

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greengills, November 19, 2010 (view all comments by greengills)
My wife turned me on to Murakami, with this book. I have no idea how, but I hope to repay my debt of gratitude before the actual end of the world, I just hope that it's enough time to find something comparable.
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gotsoul, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by gotsoul)
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami has it all; a fiction work with elements of surrealism and science fiction as well as nods to hard-boiled detective fiction (although I would not put the novel in the hard-boiled categotry). It is the most imaginative of Murakami's works in my opinion. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World explores individual identity in an entirely new way. In this English version the End of the World is written in the present tense to give the reader a more personal feeling of the narrator's new world separating it from his old life, Hard Boiled Wonderland, which is much colder and analytical. The narrator reads unicorn skulls, or more specifically their dreams, and must decipher them in order to discover the mysteries around him as well as his own - this work is unlike any other and you will not be disappointed with it. This novel is fantastic.
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Ellen Skagerberg, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Ellen Skagerberg)
I agree with those who feel that Murakami is among our greatest living novelists. This particular book has such poignancy and spiritual whammy that it is always lurking there in my subconscious. Murakami's Zen perspective on existence weasels into one's soul, in a good way, like a Zen koan. A Murakami novel deals head-on with life's gruesome realities but leaves me feeling freer, more connected, more grateful for life and its many inexplicable wonders.

This was the best book I read in the 2000-2009 decade, even though it was released in translation in 1993.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679743460
Translator:
Birnbaum, Alfred T.
Author:
Birnbaum, Alfred T.
Author:
Murakami, Haruki
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Tokyo (Japan)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. (HCFA)
Publication Date:
19930331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.06x5.16x.89 in. .66 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679743460 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] stunning combination of the contemporary and brash with elegiac allegory, all topped off by a strong measure of cyberpunk....One of those rare postmodern novels that is as intellectually profound as stylistically accomplished, by a writer with a bold and original vision."
"Review" by , "There ought to be a name for the genre Murakami has invented, and it might be the literary pyrotechno-thriller....Murakami's lightning prose more than sustains the reader....Murakami's ingenuity and inventiveness cannot fail to intoxicate; this is a bravura performance."
"Review" by , "The characters in the novel are cardboard cutouts, not even animated enough to find their own lives banal."
"Review" by , "[E]xcellent....Murakami's fast-paced style, full of hip internationalism, slangy allegory, and intrigue, has been adroitly translated."
"Review" by , "The book is rich in action, suspense, odd characters, and unexpected trifles....Whatever interpretation a reader chooses to give this provocative work, it will not be found boring."
"Review" by , "Murakami's bold willingness to go straight over the top [is] a signal indication of his genius...a world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks."
"Review" by , "He has become the foremost representative of a new style of Japanese writing: hip, cynical, and highly stylized, set at the juncture of cyberpunk, postmodernism, and hard-boiled detective fiction....Murakami [is] adept at deadpan wit, outrageous style."
"Synopsis" by , Japan's most widely-read and controversial writer, author of A Wild Sheep Chase, hurtles into the consciousness of the West with this narrative about a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters — not to mention Bob Dylan and Lauren Bacall.
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