The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the Worldby Haruki Murakami
The original novel was published in 1985.
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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Haruki Murakami (born 1949) is a Japanese writer and translator. His works of fiction and non-fiction have garnered him critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize and Jerusalem Prize among others.
He is considered an important figure in postmodern literature. The Guardian praised him as "among the world's greatest living novelists" for his works and achievements.
Haruki Murakami. Wikipedia.
Photo: Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.
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This is a strange and enigmatic story as if an episode of the prisoner had been written by Franz Kafka, if you like your fiction somewhat left field track this one down.