By Haruki Murakami

During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly creative novel, Japan’s preferred (and debatable) fiction author hurtles into the attention of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the top of the area draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator during which a split-brained info processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and diverse thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to stunning impression. What emerges is at the same time cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply severe meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.

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He had good color to his complexion and when he put on his rimless spectacles, he was the very image of a major pre-War political figure. He motioned for me to sit on the leather sofa, while he himself took a seat behind the desk. This room was of exactly the same mold as the other room. The carpet, the walls, the lighting, everything was the same. On the coffee table in front of the sofa was an identical smoking set, on the desk an identical appointment book and an identical scattering of paperclips.

She was tipping forward from the force of my impact, so I grabbed her shoulders to pull her back upright. "Excuse me," I said. " The chubby young woman blushed. I couldn't say for sure, but she didn't seem at all bothered. "Tozum'sta," she said with a trace of a smile. " She didn't actually say that, but need I repeat, her lips formed the words. " I pronounced to myself. " "Sela," she said with conviction. Turkish perhaps? Problem was, I'd never heard a word of Turkish. I was so flustered, I decided to forget about holding a conversation with her.

The current was swift, but I could get no sense of the depth or even the color of the water. All I could tell was that it flowed from left to right. Pouring light into the ground at my feet, I slowly made my way upstream. Now and again I could swear something was moving nearby, but I saw nothing. Only the vertical hewn-rock walls to either side of the river. I was probably anxious from the darkness. After five or six minutes of walking, the ceiling dropped low—or so it seemed from the echo. I pointed my flashlight beam up but could not discern anything above me.

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