In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan's most popular
(and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the
West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into
a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor,
a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall,
Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide
to dazzling effect.
What emerges is simultaneosly cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting,
a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses
of the mind.