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La Fin des temps

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Le narrateur, un informaticien de très haut niveau, qui effectue des missions spéciales, apporte un jour sa collaboration à un vieux savant dont le laboratoire se situe dans les sous-sols obscurs d'un immeuble. Dès lors, il est entraîné dans une aventure terrifiante. Parallèlement à ce Hard-boiled wonderland, interviennent en alternance les chapitres de La Fin des temps : ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 625 pages
Published June 7th 2001 by Points (first published June 15th 1985)
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Junta I recently read a collection of his essays, 'Novelist as Profession', published in Japan in 2015 (it might be a while before it's translated into Engl…moreI recently read a collection of his essays, 'Novelist as Profession', published in Japan in 2015 (it might be a while before it's translated into English) - the 9th chapter is on characters.

Although the answers submitted to this question are all valid, there is another simple reason mentioned in that chapter (my translation):
"I was okay with nicknames like 'The Rat' or 'J', but I just couldn't set proper names for the characters. Why not? I'm not sure myself, and can only say that I was embarrassed about naming people. I'm not sure how to put it, but it seemed somewhat artificial for someone like me to be freely designating names onto people (even if they were fictional characters I created).
The first time I was able to properly name characters was in 'Norwegian Wood' (1987). So, in the first eight years before that, I was using nameless characters and writing in the first person view. Thinking about it, it seems I was limiting myself with a tedious rule, but I didn't give it a second thought then."

tl;dr this novel was published in 1985, before Norwegian Wood when he started naming characters.(less)
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