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Author Murakami, Haruki, 1949-

Title Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world : a novel / Haruki Murakami ; translated by Alfred Birnbaum
Edition First Vintage international edition
Published New York : Vintage Books, 1993


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 MELB  893.05 M9723 A6/S3B  AVAILABLE
Description 400 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents Elevator, silence, overweight -- Golden beasts -- Rain gear INKlings, laundry -- The library -- Tabulations, evolution, sex drive -- Shadow -- Skull, Lauren Bacall, library -- The colonel -- Appetite, disappointment, Leningrad -- The wall -- Dressing, watermelon, chaos -- A map of the end of the world -- Frankfurt, door, independent operants -- Woods -- Whiskey, torture, Turgenev -- The coming of winter -- End of the world, Charlie Parker, time bomb -- Dreamreading -- Hamburgers, skyline, deadline -- The death of the beasts -- Bracelets, Ben Johnson, devil -- Gray smoke -- Holes, leeches, tower -- Shadow grounds -- Meal, elephant factory, trap -- Power station -- Encyclopedia wand, immortality, paperclips -- Musical instruments -- Lake, Masaomi Kondo, panty hose -- Hole -- Fares, police, detergent -- Shadow in the throes of death -- Rainy-day laundry, car rental, Bob Dylan -- Skulls -- Nail clippers, butter sauce, iron vase -- Accordian -- Lights, introspection, cleanliness -- Escape -- Popcorn, Lord Jim, extinction -- Birds
Summary The last surviving victim of an experiment that implanted the subjects' heads with electrodes that decipher coded messages is the unnamed narrator. Half the chapters are set in Tokyo, where the narrator negotiates underground worlds populated by INKlings, dodges opponents of both sides of a raging high-tech infowar, and engages in an affair with a beautiful librarian with a gargantuan appetite. In alternating chapters he tries to reunite with his mind and his shadow, from which he has been severed by the grim, dark "replacement" consciousness implanted in him by a dotty neurophysiologist. Both worlds share the unearthly theme of unicorn skulls that moan and glow
Notes Translation of: Sekai no owari to hādo-boirudo wandārando
Translation from Japanese
Translation o:f Sekai no owari to hado-boirudo wandarando
Subject Novel -- Japanese -- 20th century -- English -- Texts
Japanese fiction -- Translations into English.
Science -- Experiments -- Fiction.
Parallel universes -- Fiction
Consciousness -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Fantastic fiction
Fantasy fiction.
Experimental fiction.
Experimental fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Fantasy fiction
Author Murakami, Haruki, 1949- Sekai no owari to hado-boirudo wandarando
LC no. 92056345
ISBN 0679743464 paperback
Other Titles Sekai no owari to hādo-boirudo wandārando. English