The bundle contains two severely damaged Haruki Murakami’s novels. Both are from the curator’s personal collection and have traversed the world with him through the years. Haruki Murakami is known for his unique and imaginative storytelling style, which often combines elements of magical realism with contemporary and urban settings. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World blends of two distinct narratives that alternate between chapters. In one narrative, the protagonist, an unnamed man, works as a “Calcutec” in a surreal and futuristic Tokyo. His job involves using his advanced encryption skills to protect sensitive information. This storyline is filled with elements of science fiction and cyberpunk. In the other narrative, the protagonist finds himself in a quiet, dreamlike, and isolated world known as “The End of the World.” He is tasked with reading dreams from unicorn skulls and gradually becomes disconnected from his own memories and emotions. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage follows Tsukuru Tazaki, who is haunted by his past and the sudden and inexplicable abandonment of his four closest friends during his college years. All of his friends had names that contained a color, while Tsukuru’s name was “colorless.” This ostracism leaves him feeling disconnected and emotionally scarred. Years later, as an adult, he embarks on a journey to confront his past, seek closure, and discover the reasons behind his friends’ rejection. Goodreads Rating for Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: Goodreads Rating for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage:

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