Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha International, Ltd, 1991. Shigeo Okamoto (jacket illustration). First U.S. Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by author. Used - Good/Very Good. Quarter cloth boards, silver lettering to spine; author's Japanese signature blind stamped on front board. Illustrated map endpapers. Signed by author. Some foxing to edges. Annotations in text block. Binding tight and square. Corners sharp. 16 x 24 cm. 400 pp. / Good/Very Good. Light fading to top edge of front cover. Light to moderate general shelfwear. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #11046
Translated by Alfred Birnbaum.
Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami’s deep dive into the very nature of consciousness.
Across two parallel narratives, Murakami draws readers into a mind-bending universe in which Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is a novel that is at once hilariously funny and a deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.