Hard-boiled Truths

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University of Maine Farmington
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"Hard-boiled Truths" looks at Haruki Murakami's Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World as a commentary on the trauma of World War II and the Holocaust with clear allegorical representations of major figures, events, and themes paralleling the two worlds, both literary and literal. Murakami saw the value of lessons in history and used the broad literary space to expand on its themes. Through characterization and intentional vagueness, Murakami expresses the connection between his literary work and the events and trauma of the Holocaust. This is important because it shows just how much literature can encompass in any genre.