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'How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration' Independent on Sunday

The economy was booming. People had more money than they knew what to do with. And then the earthquake struck. For the characters in After the Quake, the Kobe earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago. Satsuki has spent thirty years hating one man: a lover who destroyed her chances of having children. Did her desire for revenge cause the earthquake? Junpei's estranged parents live in Kobe. Should he contact them? Miyake left his family in Kobe to make midnight bonfires on a beach hundreds of miles away. Fourteen-year-old Sala has nightmares that the Earthquake Man is trying to stuff her inside a little box. Katagiri returns home to find a giant frog in his apartment on a mission to save Tokyo from a massive burrowing worm. 'When he gets angry, he causes earthquakes,' says Frog. 'And right now he is very, very angry.'This new collection of stories, from one of the world's greatest living writers, dissects the violence beneath the surface of modern Japan.

Reviews

In a dance with the delights of Murakami's imagination we experience the limitless possibilities of fiction. With these stories Murakami expands our hearts and minds yet again

The Times

Ushers the reader into a hallucinatory world where the real and surreal merge and overlap, where dreams and real-life nightmares are impossible to tell apart...this slender volume, deftly translated by Jay Rubin, may serve as a succinct introduction to his imaginative world...Lewis Carroll meets Kafka with a touch of Philip K. Dick

New York Times

Dazzlingly elegant...In a world where even the ground beneath our feet can't be relied on, imagination becomes less of a luxury and more of a duty. It's an obligation that Murakami is busily making his raison d'etre, to our very great advantage

Guardian

In the world of literary fiction, Haruki Murakami is unquestionably a superstar...Many critics have touted Murakami for the Nobel Prize. If he can stay on this kind of form, he could be in with a chance

Scotland on Sunday

Murakami is a unique writer, at once restrained and raw, plainspoken and poetic

Washington Post

A neat, yet somehow insanely generous collection..ruthless honesty, a faintly feminine openness, a seeming ability to find beauty and even glory in the banal, the urban, the modern... [the story] 'Honey Pie' isn't just a love story. It's a piece of writing about the threads and snags of time, the tangles, the way things pan out and why. I couldn't even begin to explain why I find it quite so moving and, in a sense, that's Murakami's magic. He speaks to a place so deep inside us that we can scarcely even reply

Daily Telegraph

Beautifully nuanced stories, realistic snapshots of modern Japan enclosed in a fictional world that is seemingly trivial, but loaded with portent

Independent

A really imaginative collection where all the stories are intertwined and mysterious in that Murakami way

Observer

Murakami's storytelling inspires intimacy. It's the particular kind of intimacy that can evolve between a reader and a book, unspoken and unexpected, familiar, satisfying, strange.

JANE MENDELSOHN, Village Voice

Even in the slipperiest of Mr Murakami's stories, pinpoints of detail flash out warm with life.

New York Times

Murakami is one of the best writers around.

Time Out

Murakami is a true original and yet in many ways he is also Franz Kafka's successor because he seems to have the intelligence to know what Kafka truly was - a comic writer.

Sunday Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099448563

    April 1, 2003

    Vintage

    144 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781448103645

    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    144 pages

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Also by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women
Norwegian Wood
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
Kafka On The Shore
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Desire
Absolutely on Music
Wind/Pinball
Wind/ Pinball
The Strange Library
Large Print: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage
Murakami Diary
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
After Dark
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Birthday Stories
Underground
The Elephant Vanishes
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Dance Dance Dance
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Norwegian Wood
Best Laid Plans
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker