Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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.

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