After the Quake

After the Quake The six stories in Haruki Murakami s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic Kobe earthquake when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence But t

  • Title: After the Quake
  • Author: Haruki Murakami Jay Rubin
  • ISBN: 9780375713279
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman An electronics salesman who hasThe 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 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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  • Haruki Murakami Jay Rubin

    Murakami Haruki Japanese is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator His work has been described as easily accessible, yet profoundly complex He can be located on Facebook at facebook harukimurakaSince childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehouse Peter Cat which was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle The Thieving Magpie after Rossini s opera , Bird as Prophet after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird , and The Bird Catcher a character in Mozart s opera The Magic Flute Some of his novels take their titles from songs Dance, Dance, Dance after The Dells song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune , Norwegian Wood after The Beatles song and South of the Border, West of the Sun the first part being the title of a song by Nat King Cole.


  • In response to the deadliest Kobe earthquake and the most enduring psychological consequence of the traumatic crisis, Haruki Murakami, with a poignant and reverent affection, crafts six remarkable stories. Though the central characters evade the physical devastation, Haruki Murakami's exploration displays the Japanese national conscience.No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.I find incredible solace in Murakami's words. I always have.

  • This was my first time reading Haruki Murakami's writing, and I was indeed more than intrigued and impressed. The six stories in this 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.My two favorite stories: thailand & honey pieailand:Th [...]

  • My favorite Murakami short story of all time is "The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Everyday." So when I realized halfway through the last story in After the Quake that the main character was the same one from "Kidney Shaped Stone," it was as if the planets had aligned, the clouds parted and a single shaft of sunlight shot down to bathe me in a golden glow; everything was perfect in the universe. And of course "Honey Pie" is now my second favorite Murakami story of all time. It's a rare writer t [...]

  • After the Quake, Haruki Murakami After the Quake is a collection of 6 short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, written between 1999 and 2000. First published in Japan in 2000, it was released in English as after the quake in 2002 (translator Jay Rubin notes that Murakami "insisted" the title "should be all lower-case").Contents: "UFO in Kushiro"; "Landscape with Flatiron"; "All God's Children Can Dance"; "Thailand"; "Super-Frog Saves Tokyo"; "Honey Pie"عنوانها: بعد زلزله [...]

  • I don't know how Haruki Murakami deals with the pressure of being my favorite writer. Does he realize what kind of pedestal I've place him on? Does it keep him up at night? I'm forever waiting to be disappointed by one of his books--I mean, the guy can't be PERFECT, can he? Well it hasn't happened yet. This slim little volume of short stories (only six of them in all), all loosely connected to the 1995 Kobe earthquake, didn't garner as much critical acclaim as some of Murakami's other books. And [...]

  • "After the Quake" offers six short stories, which have one common point: Kobe earthquake in 1995. The characters don't actually experience the earthquake directly, but it changes their life, unsettles and uneases them. That's the only generality. At the same time, each of the short stories is like a separate story with its characters and world. To tell the truth I feel a little bit unsettled about this book, because it is definitely new, strange and unusual for me.“UFO in Kushiro,” is quite [...]

  • I enjoyed this short read. This book held multiple short stories that were all very different but shared the same theme. Every main character was someone that was a "nobody." They were shy, didn't have many friends, and no specific talents. However, by the end of the story they meant something to someone and they had done something "interesting" with their life.I also really enjoyed this book because they were all stories that took place in Japan and were about the Japanese culture. I lived in J [...]

  • آقا من موراکامی رو دوست دارم! ینی اگه تک‌تک این داستان‌ها رو یکی برام تعریف کنه، می‌گم عه چقد خنک. اما وقتی موراکامی می‌نویسه چنان درگیر جزییات و شخصیت‌پردازی و معنا می‌شه که دیگه واویلا. بعد شکست عشقی رو من اینجا خوردم. همین جا، توی گودریدز که فهمیدم دوتا داستان این مجموعه [...]

  • In true Murakami style, where the plot isn’t so much important but rather a green screen for the characters to perform. But something so surreal and fascinating, its like taking a dive into what you would think is azure water, only it is not. The surrealism that forms the centrifugal force in his stories like The Wind Up Bird  Chronicle ,continues its trend in this collection of short stories, each a derivative of the seismic upheaval in Kobe. Each story dips into the troubled waters and eme [...]

  • آتش می‌تونه هر شکلی که می‌خواد به خودش بگیره. آزاده. بنابراین بسته به درون آدمی که نگاهش می‌کنه، می‌تونه به هر شکلی در بیاد. حالا اگه تو این حس عمیق و آروم رو با دیدن آتش پیدا می‌کنی به این دلیله که اون داره همون حس عمیق و آرومی که درون خودته بهت نشون می‌ده. منظورم رو می‌فهمی؟ [...]

  • I don't get Murakami. In terms of form and style, the stories in this collection are consistently clichéd and unoriginal. Over and over again he uses the same tired old technique: open the story with a scene set in the present and then go back and give a brief description of the characters' life stories, what brought them here, and so on before returning to the present and continuing the story. It is dull, dull, dull. The language he uses is simplistic and unsophisticated. It is straightforward [...]

  • تا الان كه اين ريويو را مي نويسم تنها فرصت خواندن چند داستان كوتاه از موراكامي نصيبم شده و بايد بگم همگي بدون استثنا حس مشتركي رو در من ايجاد كردند. تنهايي بشريقهرمان داستان هاي موراكامي هميشه تنها هستند حتي اگر با كلي آدم، دوست، رفيق و همكار احاطه شده باشند هميشه جايي در درون [...]

  • اول می خواستم به کتاب سه امتیاز بدم اما داستان "شیرینی عسلی" به قدری شیرین و جذاب بود که تصمیم گرفتم چهار امتیاز بدم

  • I am not sure why but this collection of six short stories that happened after the Kobe earthquake just did not impress me as much as his Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman did last month. Maybe because five out of the six stories have no fantasy ingredient like the talking cat, leeches falling from the sky, a TV zooming automatically at the sleeping you or the actual appearance of a UFO. These 6 short stories are mostly pure drama and the usual disappearance, leaving without saying goodbye or saying [...]

  • خب، بد نبود، ولی نه ترجمه شاهکار بود و نه قلم خارق‌العاده. یه حسی بهم می‌گه موراکامی هم مثل سامرست موام، مثل ماکسیم گورکی یا برنارد شاو، تا حد بسیار زیادی فراموش می‌شه. تب‌زدگی بیشتر از تاثیرپذیری در ارتباط مخاطب با آثار این افراد نقش داره. تب که فروکش کنه، تفاوت شولوخوف، وو [...]

  • به عنوان اولین اثری که از یه نویسنده محبوبِ تقریبا همه اقشار کتابخون خوندم،چندان برام جذاب نبود.

  • If Six Was One (or Two Were 19)This is a lesser, almost insubstantial work, even if it is comprised of short stories.The events described in each story have a very loose, tangential connection with the 1995 Kobe earthquake.Apart from that, each story is capable of sitting on its own and being construed independently.There's nothing especially interesting about any of the stories, except to the extent that they take a grab-bag of Murakami-esque themes and spin them into a tale.At around 20 pages [...]

  • " مهم نيست سفرِ آدم چه قدر طولانى باشه، آدم هيچوقت نمى تونه از دستِ خودش فرار كنه. عين سايه ى آدمه. همه جا تعقيبت مى كنه."

  • 4 αστεράκια της κλίμακας ρίχτερ.Ίσως από τα λιγότερο σύνθετα βιβλία του Χαρούκι Μουρακάμι που έχω διαβάσει αλλά εξίσου ποιοτικό και όπως ο σεισμός που αποτελεί και το κεντρικό θέμα στο οποίο στηρίζει τις ιστορίες του έτσι και εκείνος έρχεται να «κουνήσει» τον αναγνώστη με [...]

  • یه مجموعه داستان جالب از هاروکی موراکامیکتاب در حقیقیت دارای شش داستانه که زلزله سال 1995 کوبه زندگی شخصیت های داستان ها رو به نحوی تحت تاثیر قرار میدهمن ترجمه ی علی حاجی قاسم از نشر نگاه رو خوندم که حقیقتا تعریفی نداشت و داستان همه ی بچه های خدا حق دارند برقصند تو این کتاب قرار [...]

  • Ο σουρεαλισμός στην καλύτερή του έκφανση. Μια συλλογή διηγημάτων, με κοινό άξονα την καταστροφή μετά τον σεισμό του 1995, με μοτίβα που επανέρχονται και διατρέχουν όλα τα έργα του, ως προς τους χαρακτήρες και ως προς την ίδια την πλοκή.Γλαφυρή γλώσσα, ως συνήθως, πρωτότυπες, γε [...]

  • Terremoto interiore "È tempo che lei cominci a prepararsi per affrontare la morte con dolcezza. Se lei continuerà a investire troppe energie solo nel vivere, non riuscirà a morire bene."Nella prima metà Murakami sbanda paurosamente tra deragliamenti onirici e non detti che hanno più la parvenza di indecisione circa gli sviluppi da attribuire alle vicende narrate; nella seconda parte, al contrario di qualunque aspettativa, si assiste a una rinascita vertiginosa.Al netto di pregi e difetti, l [...]

  • Okay yeah, so really on a Murakami kick here. As I write this I'm also in the opening throes of his Norwegian Wood. In any case, After the Quake did nothing to halt my appreciation for his work. Despite the fact that many of his themes are here regurgitated. It's true, the flow of love for Haruki Murakami continues unabated.That's not to say that there aren't high and low points in the collection of short stories. In fact a couple of the stories are merely Good.In any case, in the wake of the Ko [...]

  • Tales combine fables, dreams, realism. Those seem the way to understand in part overwhelming, irrational events such as the January 1995 Kobe earthquake that destroyed the city. Each unique story of After the Quake restores broken human connections. Even characters distant from its epicenter felt traumatized and their lives psychologically disoriented by its televised images and by its reminder of relations and friends at the site. 'UFO in Kushiro' connects a recently divorced man (because of th [...]

  • I headed home dulled by work, dulled by the world around me, dulled by meaningless discourse, dulled by the apathy of others, dulled by the drift that's been pulling my mind away from the bones that hold it in, and as I approached the turn off to the beach I felt a pull I couldn't avoid, so I turned off. Piano lessons were waiting. My kids were waiting. I needed to buy groceries. There was time, if I hurried, to spend with my love. But I found myself in the sand, shoes off, striding to the north [...]

  • Una raccolta di racconti malinconica e soffice con uno sfondo sfocato ma pregnante: il terremoto a Kobe del 1995.Murakami è maestro della creazione di mondi ovattati e insonorizzati, in cui tuttavia il dolore riesce a tagliare come un coltello questa bolla di delicatezza creatasi tra lettore e personaggi. Splendido l'ultimo racconto, Torte al miele. Splendido con questa leggerezza tutta Murakamiana che ti rimane dentro per ore intere.

  • Six stories set in the aftermath of the 1995 Kobe earthquake ~ This is my first taste of Murakami. “Super-Frog Saves Tokyo” is the highlight of the collection ~ a nightmarish work of magical realism that is at turns humorous, grave, and gross. Frog is a polite and well-spoken creature given to philosophical musings and literary references. In the course of the story he mentions Nietzsche, Conrad, Tolstoy, Hemingway, and Dostoevsky. He also has a good sense of humor. I love his indignation wh [...]

  • I didn't realise this book was a series of short stories until I opened it and started reading. Murakami presents another weird and wonderful view into his world but this time focusing on the the way that a group of fictional characters were affected by the Kobe earthquake. All of these stories have their own merits but my favourite was probably Super-Frog saves Tokyo. I love Murakami although I have to say that this was not my favourite book by him as these stories don't really give him much of [...]

  • This is worth getting your grubby hands on just for the amazing short story "landscape with flatiron". For fuck's sake this guy can write. Sometimes some of his stuff is more appealing to me than others, but I'm blown away overall at his talent and prolificness. I'm also finding myself more drawn to shorter stories lately, having less patience for the modern grand master narrative of the epic novel, preferring instead the more fragmented, shorter, leaner & meaner postmodern narrative in the [...]

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