Ryu Murakami or Huraki Murakami?
The first, writer of the hallucinogenic, drugs and sexs and void fuelled, unexusable exploitative "almost trasparent blue" is my favorite. This novel , written by the very young (at the time, 1976) Ryu, selled in Japan millions of copies. To me is the Ultimate in Rock distopia, scorching the void beyond loud music fast sex and stoned mind, actually lusting death (jim morrison is often mentioned). Read it 10 years ago but still burning my mind. Maybe now that Rock is not anymore that huge (has ever been as huge as in Japan i wonder?) and youth doing sex and drugs is no scandal anymore the book has lost something in shock impact, but the sense of the void, the nothing, of lives empty is still there.
Huraki I liked "Norvegian Wood" the best, recommended, very good book, but i must say he is not one of my favorite writers even if i admit he his very gifted, so better i left to someone else to descrive the book to others.
ciao da francesco