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MURAKAMI, Haruki. After the Quake. Stories. Translated from the Japanese byJay Rubin. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. First US Printing. Pp. (12),[3 ]-181,(1). Small 8vo, red cloth boards with black paper covered spine, yellow lettering to spine. "In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japanwas transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which dest royed 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 ofthe quake come these six stories, set in the months between natural catast rophe and man-made terrorism. His characters find their resolutely normal everyday lives undone by events even more surreal (yet somehow believeable) 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 takeshis troubled charge to a seer, who penetrates her deepest sorrow; and, in the unforgettable title story, a boy acknowledges a shattering secret abouthis past that will change his life forever. But the most compelling charac ter of all is the earthquake itself -- slipping into and out of view almostimperceptibly, but nonetheless reaching deep into the lives of these forlo rn 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." - from the dustjacket. Verygood in unclipped dustjacket. 35.00
Title: After the Quake. Stories. First American Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Knopf, New York, 2002, ISBN:0375413901:
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