I’ve been reading a book by Haruki Murakami called ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ it’s not one of his best books but it’s still very interesting in it’s originality: it’s split into two storylines; one’s written in a Kafkaesque style in a ’1984′ setting; the other is set in a foreboding vacuous fantasy land where everyone’s shadow has been cut off and unicorns are herded in and out routinely. The stories are linked by visual and metaphorical connections that develop as they progress. The fantasy resonates strongly with de Chirico’s painting ‘the Mystery and Melancholy of a Street’ (above) and has caused it to occupy my thoughts for the past few days. The story also reminds me of the Playstation2 game ‘Ico’ which is by far the most beautiful game i’ve seen: the cover is in the style of de Chirico (shown below). Reading the book reminded me of the painting; i was fascinated the first time I saw it. It manages to create a great atmosphere of claustrophobia and helplessness in contrast to the great depth; it feels like a prison to me although the girl in the foreground seems oblivious. Also you can only see shadows and silhouettes of people which have key importance in both ‘Ico’ and Murakami’s book. I’m sure both were strongly influenced by de Chirico’s subtle imagery. There isn’t really any point of this post but every now and then something compels and occupies my mind and I feel I should note it down.