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El fin del mundo y un despiadado pais de las maravillas (Spanish Edition) (original 1985; edition 2009)

by Haruki Murakami

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Title:El fin del mundo y un despiadado pais de las maravillas (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Haruki Murakami
Info:Tusquets (2009), Edition: 1, Paperback, 528 pages
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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (1985)

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This month’s post-apocalyptic book club selection.

Regardless of ‘the end of the world’ in the title, this is not actually a post-apocalyptic story. It is, however, a remarkably excellent novel.

The narrative is divided into two sections – in one, a young man works as a Calcutec, able to do feats of cryptography in his head. At a surreal job interview/assignment, he meets a pretty plump woman in pink and her mad-scientist grandfather. Gradually, we realize that his is not a wholly natural ability, and that the reason he can do his work may turn out to have not-so-benign repercussions.

Meanwhile, in another (even-more-surreal) world, another young man has just been admitted to a walled town called The End of The World. In order to enter, he must agree to be separated from his shadow, which is doomed to die a slow death without him. In this passive, circumscribed place, everyone seems to be afflicted by amnesia; they have no “mind” (a term used in a way which might seem to more closely approximate what people often refer to as “soul.) He is assigned to a job: ‘reading’/releasing the dreams of dead unicorns from their skulls.

It is quickly clear to the reader that there is some strange and intimate connection between the protagonists of these two stories. Each embarks on a kind of quest: the first a physical trek through sewers, pursued by Morlock-like “INKlings,” the second an intellectual journey through research, mapping, and an attempt to remember. At stake for both? The world itself? – or the individual’s conscious existence in the world?

The nature of their connection is only gradually revealed, in a masterfully crafted and intricately formatted tale full of symbolism, which explores the ideas of conscious and subconscious, and the nature of identity.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I've decided the word for Murakami's books is "atmospheric." Like with A Wild Sheep Chase, all of the final scenes became incredibly vivid for me, and I just felt totally immersed. It was fantastic.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Compelling at times, tedious at others (especially in the pseudo-scientific explanations), Murakami's writing is at least rarely boring. His novels always get me to thinking and I had a very intense dream while reading it. Worth a read if you like Murakami. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book had some great pieces to it but I found it much less engaging and satisfying than Kafka on the Shore or 1Q84. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book had some great pieces to it but I found it much less engaging and satisfying than Kafka on the Shore or 1Q84. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Ein Parzival aus Japan: Warum »Hard-boiled Wonderland und Das Ende der Welt« Haruki Murakamis bester Roman ist
 
He has become the foremost representatives of a new style of Japanese writing: hip, cynical and highly stylized, set at the juncture of cyberpunk, postmodernism, and hard-boiled detective fiction.... Murakami [is] adept at deadpan wit, outrageous style.
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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.
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Why does the sun go on shining?
Why do the birds go on singing?
Don't they know it's the end of the world?

The End of the World (Sylvia Dee/Arthur Kent)
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The elevator continued its impossibly slow ascent.
Elevatoren var på vej op i ekstremt langosmt tempo. Eller det forestillede jeg mig i det mindste. Jeg var ikke sikker. Det gik så langsomt, at jeg havde mistet orienteringen. Det kunne lige så godt være, at den var på vej ned, eller at den slet ikke bevægede sig.
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But on the phenomenological level, this world is only one out of countless possibillities. As you create memories, you're creatin' a parallel world
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The last surviving victim of an experiment that implanted the subjects' heads with electrodes that decipher coded messages is the unnamed narrator of this excellent book by Murakami, one of Japan's best-selling novelists and winner of the prestigious Tanizaki prize. 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. Murakami's fast-paced style, full of hip internationalism, slangy allegory, and intrigue, has been adroitly translated. Murakami is also author of A Wild Sheep Chase ( LJ 10/15/89); his new work is recommended for academic libraries and public libraries emphasizing serious contemporary fiction.
- D.E. Perushek, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Haiku summary
Birds fly overhead
Golden beasts graze in the town
INKlings worship... fish?

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679743464, Paperback)

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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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.… (more)

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