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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami,  Alfred Birnbaum a Haruki Murakami treat 世界の終りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド is, like its title suggests, a delightfully syncretist work that reflects Murakami's writer-in-residence position in Princeton University. Jay Rubin's personal favorite, Wonderland is a Japanese artist's take on the academic cant of the 80s and 90s, replete with '木格子' and 'くらやみ' duking it out in some inverse universe that might be a human psychology or might be another world or might just be a pocket universe...

ultimately a successful story combined with mystical overtones and a faint love story, ワンダーランド differs from much of Murakami's work yet is also harmonious with the rest. another striking achievement and demonstration of HM's powers