Breaking Down the Title
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the complex and wildly entertaining novel written by Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, and published in 1985. The title alone conjures up a host of images, each of which foreshadow a fragment of what unfolds in the story. The novel explores themes like hyperreality, existentialism, psychoanalytic theories, and is written in a fashion now called experimental. The chapters alternate between two seemingly incompatible worlds held together by a metaphorical paperclip.
The short videos below point out some of the themes and symbolism explored in this novel. To dig deeper into this novel, you can enroll in Book Oblivion’s course, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and Literary Theory or Murakami and Magical Realism. There are so many layers to this work, and Murakami himself calls it his favorite novel that he’s written.
The End of the World
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