Here is an excellent work by Chip Kidd. Kidd had said that this novel (a hit in Japan) was a work with multiple layers of meaning (something conveyed well through the layers in the cover). This novel also conveys a "sense of the dull mechanization of lifeâ€™s events". A large purpose behind this design is to convey something simple on the outside, but complex on the inside (from a simplistic image of a bird to a complex line drawing of a clock mechanism). The line art here was actually a light silver gloss varnish (beautiful).
This design was also carried throughout the entire product. The spacing in some of the text (shown in the above example) is made to mimic springs.
I'll see about getting some full jacket images to showcase. Also, if any of you have a deeper understanding of the novel, that would be great.
John Gall redesigned this cover with a series of books.