After the Quake by Haruki Murakami audiobook

After the Quake: Stories

By Haruki Murakami
Read by Rupert Degas , Teresa Gallagher , and Adam Sims

Random House Audio 9780375713279
4.34 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which destroyed thousands of lives, and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in March, during the morning rush hour. Following these twin disasters, Haruki Murakami abandoned his life abroad and returned home to confront his country’s grief. The subway attack led to his recent Underground. And out of the quake come these six stories, set in the months between natural catastrophe and man-made terrorism. His characters find their resolutely normal everyday lives undone by events even more surreal (yet somehow believable) than we have come to expect in his fiction. An electronics salesman, abruptly deserted by his wife, is entrusted to deliver a mysterious package but gets more than he bargained for at the receiving end; a Thai chauffeur takes his troubled charge to a seer, who penetrates her deepest sorrow; and, in the unforgettable title story, a boy acknowledges a shattering secret about his past that will change his life forever. But the most compelling character of all is the earthquake itself—slipping into and out of view almost imperceptibly, but nonetheless reaching deep into the lives of these forlorn citizens of the apocalypse. The terrible damage visible all around is, in fact, less extreme than the inconsolable howl of a nation indelibly scarred—an experience in which Murakami discovers many truths about compassion, courage, and the nature of human suffering.

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Summary

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One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which destroyed thousands of lives, and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in March, during the morning rush hour. Following these twin disasters, Haruki Murakami abandoned his life abroad and returned home to confront his country’s grief. The subway attack led to his recent Underground. And out of the quake come these six stories, set in the months between natural catastrophe and man-made terrorism. His characters find their resolutely normal everyday lives undone by events even more surreal (yet somehow believable) than we have come to expect in his fiction.

An electronics salesman, abruptly deserted by his wife, is entrusted to deliver a mysterious package but gets more than he bargained for at the receiving end; a Thai chauffeur takes his troubled charge to a seer, who penetrates her deepest sorrow; and, in the unforgettable title story, a boy acknowledges a shattering secret about his past that will change his life forever.

But the most compelling character of all is the earthquake itself—slipping into and out of view almost imperceptibly, but nonetheless reaching deep into the lives of these forlorn citizens of the apocalypse. The terrible damage visible all around is, in fact, less extreme than the inconsolable howl of a nation indelibly scarred—an experience in which Murakami discovers many truths about compassion, courage, and the nature of human suffering.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“His characters are so persuasive, and the storytelling so spacious. . . . Murakami’s crisp, accomplished stories in After the Quake have great immediacy. The Seattle 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. Michiko Kakutani, The New York 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.” New York Times
“One of the great Japanese exports. Details
“Unexpectedly powerful. . . . Moving. The New York Times Book Review
Trim, beautiful, diamond sharp, and profoundly layered in . . . mystical symbolism and daily absurdities. Murakami’s evocations of grace and possible redemption are startling, dangerous, and moving. O, The Oprah Magazine
In these stories . . . Murakami proves himself to be almost as fantastic–and as heroic–as his creations. Elle
“Both mysterious and somehow quite familiar. Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
The stories here are well-crafted and lyrical . . . They are sometimes absurd, sometimes quite funny, but they all have real epiphanies and real moments of feeling. Rocky Mountain News
Spare yet richly mysterious and emotionally prismatic, these unpredictable tales explore the subtle ways the earthquake affected those who live far from its epicenter yet who are nonetheless shaken to their very core. . . .Haunting. Booklist (starred review)
Haruki Murakami remains one of the most accessible Japanese writers for Western readers. LA Times
Murakami has written a series of deeply evocative stories. Tulsa Today
“Both mysterious and somehow quite familiar.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Haruki Murakami remains one of the most accessible Japanese writers for Western readers.” Los Angeles Times
“Trim, beautiful, diamond sharp, and profoundly layered in…mystical symbolism and daily absurdities. Murakami’s evocations of grace and possible redemption are startling, dangerous, and moving.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“In these stories…Murakami proves himself to be almost as fantastic—and as heroic—as his creations.” Elle
“One of the great Japanese exports.” Details
“His characters are so persuasive, and the storytelling so spacious…Murakami’s crisp, accomplished stories in After the Quake have great immediacy.” Seattle Times
“Murakami has written a series of deeply evocative stories.”  Tulsa Today
“The stories here are well-crafted and lyrical…They are sometimes absurd, sometimes quite funny, but they all have real epiphanies and real moments of feeling.” Rocky Mountain News
“Murakami has created a series of small masterpieces.” Publishers Weekly
“Spare yet richly mysterious and emotionally prismatic, these unpredictable tales explore the subtle ways the earthquake affected those who live far from its epicenter yet who are nonetheless shaken to their very core…Haunting.”  Booklist (starred review)
“It really is a wonderment to see how Murakami develops bizarre, ‘impossible’ premises into emotionally and thematically satisfying explorations of genuine human longing, extremity, epiphany, and growth. This writer goes from strength to strength. Magnificent.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Haruki Murakami

Author Bio: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author of fiction and nonfiction works. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage topping the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. Murakami is the recipient of numerous awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 4.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English