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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the Worldby Haruki Murakami
Synopses & Reviews
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. -The Washington Post Book World
He has become the foremost representative of a new style of Japanese writing: hip, cynical, 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
Fantastical, mysterious, and funny . . . a fantasy world that might have been penned by Franz Kafka. -Philadelphia Inquirer
Rich in action, suspense, odd characters and unexpected trifles . . . a] provocative work. -The Atlantic
Murakami's gift is for ironic observations that hint at something graver. . . . He is wry, absurd, and desolate. -Los Angeles Times Book Review
A] mix of American fun and Japanese dread. -Esquire
“An intertwining DNA model of seemingly contrary elements . . . a combination of Kafka's castle, Borges’s library, and the Prisoner’s TV village. -Village Voice Literary Supplement
Off the wall . . . hilariously bizarre . . . splendid . . . a remarkable book . . . Alfred Birnbaum . . . has captured the crazed, surreal feel of Murakami's Japanese. -The Times (London)
His novels . . . are set on fast-forward: raucous, slangy, irreverent. -Details
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A clerk in a Tokyo of the near future works in an organization that controls the flow of information to society--employing electronic brainwashing and other insidious techniques--a job that contributes to his increasing sense of dehumanization
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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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