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After Dark (Afutā Dāku)

Posted by the editors on Monday, 25 July 2011

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After Dark by Haruki Murakami, 1st edition (Japanese) cover

After Dark (2004 Japanese/2007 English) (Novel) by Haruki Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985/1991), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995/1997), 1Q84 (2009/2011))    Haruki Murakami‘s novel After Dark, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” in 2007, whose primary theme is alienation, with significant touches of the surreal, is notable in that it follows a chapter structure which is a ‘real-time’ timeline, beginning at the early hours of the night, and ending at dawn, and passing through a Tokyo “Love Hotel”, a retired female wrestler, a prostitute-beating “Company” and family man, a lovely young woman in an apparent coma, and an interesting dose of American jazz. (PR)

See our review of Murakami’s 2002/2005 novel Kafka on the Shore, here.

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Kafka on the Shore

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 10 July 2011

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Japanese first edition cover

Kafka on the Shore (novel) (2002; 2005 English language release) by Haruki Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1991), Norwegian Wood (2000), 1Q84 (October, 2011))   Kafka on the Shore, included in the 2005 New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, and described by John Updike as a “real page-turner, as well as an insistently metaphysical mind-bender”, is characterised by two interwoven stories, both rather rich in magical realism (talking cats, for example) and popular culture, including music, both pop and classical, as well as a reasonable dose of philosophy (Nietzsche, among others) and a bit of sex.  A page-turner?  Well…hmmm. (PR)

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