UFO In Kushiro
Landscape With Flatiron
All God's Children Can Dance
Super-Frog Saves Tokyo
A collection of stories all set around the Kobe earthquake.
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.
Read an excerpt from UFO IN KUSHIRO
Hackwriters review by Sam North
Village Voice review (September 25 - October 1, 2002) by Roland Kelts
'After' the catastrophe, Murakami's post-earthquake stories reverberate with Sept. 11 - SF Gate (4th Aug 2002) by Alan Vheuse
A Short Guide to Murakami's Short Fiction by Matthew Tiffany
On shifting ground - Stories measure lives in aftermath of tragedy - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By JOHN FREEMAN
Murakami tells what makes a nation quake Rocky Mountain News Review - By Brian Evenson
Interesting review by Felicity
Solon review By Laura Miller
Book Reporter review by Becky Ohlsen
'After' the catastrophe - Murakami's post-earthquake stories reverberate with Sept. 11 - Review by Alan Cheuse - San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 2002
Nobody reads 'em by Julie Myerson - The Daily Telegraph - Nov 2002
Mostly Fiction.com review by Bill Robinson
The La Jolla Playhouse perform a production of after the quake, with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and a Steppenwolf Theatre production