After the Quake

After the Quake

Stories

Book - 2002
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The six stories in Haruki Murakami's mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami's characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package--and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
ISBN: 9780375713279
0375713271
9780375413902
0375413901
Branch Call Number: FICTION MUR

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Meeseeks Jun 20, 2017

Reread this book again recently. Such great short stories, hold up well after more than 20 years.

estbergt Feb 18, 2013

Mitchell read feb '13. Also audiobook

debwalker Aug 26, 2011

"Surreal, bizarre, yet grounded in very real tragedy, the stories in this collection take place in the months between the 1995 Kobe earthquake and the deadly poison gas attacks in the Tokyo subway the same year. These brief, meditative stories examine the transformative effects of natural disaster."
Stephan Lee
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bluehydrangea
Nov 29, 2010

earthquake related (the devastating Kobe earthquake) - avoid if you are not keen on anything earthquake related!

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