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... hecaptures the common ache of the contemporary heart and head
Here is an abundant imagination at play
How doesMurakami 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 alsoFranz Kafka's successor because he seems to, have the intelligence to know what Kafka truly was -a comic writer