After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
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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.


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About Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 162 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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and “honey pie,” in which Junpei, a withdrawn fiction writer, reshapes the tale of his own frustrations and failings into a bedtime story for the young daughter of the woman he loves—and draws from his own creation a strength he never knew he possessed.

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The Guardian

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After the Quake by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin 132pp, Harvill, £10 "The short story is on the way out.

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Book Reporter

The story, which begins as a fun romp through absurdity, becomes a dark, even nauseating tale of a fierce battle that takes place both literally and metaphorically beneath the surface.

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AV Club

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In the early months of 1995, Japan was shaken to the core by two disasters in close succession: First, the Kobe earthquake claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people and left nearly 300,000 homeless;

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The Washington Post

Even the frog - Dylan Myers, in a trim suit, oversize Elton John goggles and a pair of those newfangled five-toe running shoes - quotes Nietzsche and Joseph Conrad.

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London Review of Books

Miyake and Junko become friends (a platonic relationship between a middle-aged man and a teenage girl is much less rare in Murakami’s work than a man without a fridge) when she finds him one evening making a bonfire on the beach.

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Time Out Chicago

In the program for After the Quake, codirector Tim Speicher confesses, “The truth is that we’re not interested in or equipped to tell the story of a Japanese earthquake in 1995.” The problem is that State Theatre is producing a show about a Japanese earthquake in 1995.

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Arts Fuse

Rogers, “The Good Negro,” a New England premiere by Tracey Scott Wilson, “The Emancipation of Mandy and Miz Ellie,” a world premiere by local playwright and director Lois Roach, and finally “Grimm,” a world premiere featuring short adaptations of fairy tales by local playwrights, Melinda Lopez, R...

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Project MUSE

After Sayoko and Takatsuki divorce, the narrator remains close to the wife and daughter and finally releases his pent-up yearning by creating a bedtime story for the child that reveals his frustrations and failings.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

One of those stories is of a very ordinary businessman, Katagiri (also played by Kurt Kwan), who is selected by Frog (not Mr. Frog, just Frog, please) played by Brant Miller, to save Tokyo by slaying an evil worm that lives beneath Tokyo.

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