Hard Boiled-Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami 1991 - Kodansha International, Tokyo - First Edition in English A bright first edition of Murakami’s second book to be published in America, without the wrinkling to cloth spine sometimes encountered.

The hyper-kinetic tale of a deranged scientist, his shameless granddaughter, thugs, librarians, subterranean monsters and Bob Dylan, as they all hilariously collide to dazzling effect. Translated from the Japanese by Alfred Birnbaum.

‘Rich in action, suspense, odd characters and unexpected trifles . . . [a] provocative work’
– ‘The Atlantic
  Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. His writing has been translated into more than fifty languages.

Knopf Doubleday, web.

Large octavo (book size 24.1x16.2cm), pp. [12] 400 [4]. Publisher’s quarter black cloth over purple boards, Japanese characters blind stamped to upper cover, silver lettering to spine, purple illustrated endpapers. Dust jacket priced ‘$21.95’ to upper front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light foxing to block edges, in near fine dust jacket with gentle rubbing to panels, and toning to verso along top edge.   Ref: 110389   Price: HK$ 1,600