By Haruki Murakami

The six tales in Haruki Murakami’s enchanting assortment are set on the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, whilst Japan turned brutally conscious of the fragility of its day-by-day lifestyles. however the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and extra mysterious, emanating from a spot the place the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been by surprise abandoned by way of his spouse has the same opinion to carry an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his real nature. a guy who has been raised to view himself because the son of God pursues a stranger who could or will not be his human father. A mild-mannered assortment agent gets a trip from an enormous speaking frog who enlists his assist in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as goals, as powerful as oracles, the tales in After the Quake are additional evidence that Murakami is among the so much visionary writers at paintings this day.

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Miyake thought about it a while. “You know, Jun,” he said, “a fire can be any shape it wants to be. It’s free. So it can look like anything at all depending on what’s inside the person looking at it. If you get this deep, quiet kind of feeling when you look at a fire, that’s because it’s showing you the deep, quiet kind of feeling you have inside yourself. ” “But it doesn’t happen with just any fire. For something like this to happen, the fire itself has to be free. It won’t happen with a gas stove or a cigarette lighter.

So his premonition didn’t come true. ” “On the surface, at least, it looks like that,” Miyake said, pausing for a moment. “But in a sense, he was right. He did drown alone in a dark sea. He became an alcoholic. He soaked his body in his own despair—right to the core—and he died in agony. Premonitions can stand for something else sometimes. And the thing they stand for can be a lot more intense than reality. That’s the scariest thing about having a premonition. ” Junko thought about it for a while.

All sounds reached him as far-off, monotonous echos. The only thing he could give any serious thought to was his wife as she retreated ever farther into the distance. Mechanically he ran his eyes over the earthquake reports, stopped now and then to think about his wife, then went back to the paper. When he grew tired of this, he closed his eyes and napped. And when he woke, he thought about his wife again. Why had she followed the TV earthquake reports with such intensity, from morning to night, without eating or sleeping?

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