For the characters in after the quake, the Kobe earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago. Satsuki has spent thirty years hating one man: did her desire for revenge cause the earthquake? Miyake left his family in Kobe to make midnight bonfires on a beach hundreds of miles away. Fourteen-year-old Sala has nightmares that the Earthquake Man is trying to stuff her inside a little box. Katagiri returns home to find a giant frog in his apartment on a mission to save Tokyo from a massive burrowing worm. 'When he gets angry, he causes earthquakes,' says Frog. 'And right now he is very, very angry.
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A neat, yet somehow insanely generous collection... Murakami speaks to a place so deep inside us that we can scarcely even reply - Daily Telegraph
Ushers the reader into a hallucinatory world where where dreams and real-life nightmares are impossible to tell apart...Lewis Carroll meets Kafka with a touch of Philip K. Dick - New York Times
In a dance with the delights of Murakami's imagination we experience the limitless possibilities of fiction. With these stories Haruki Murakami expands our hearts and minds yet again - The Times
Murakami is a remarkable writer and remarkable things tend to befall the protagonists of his stories...he captures the common ache of the contemporary heart and head - Jay McInerney
Murakami is a unique writer, at once restrained and raw, plainspoken and poetic - Washington Post
A neat, yet somehow insanely generous collection..ruthless honesty, a faintly feminine openness, a seeming ability to find beauty and even glory in the banal, the urban, the modern... [the story] 'Honey Pie' isn't just a love story. It's a piece of writing about the threads and snags of time, the tangles, the way things pan out and why. I couldn't even begin to explain why I find it quite so moving and, in a sense, that's Murakami's magic. He speaks to a place so deep inside us that we can scarcely even reply - Daily Telegraph
Beautifully nuanced stories, realistic snapshots of modern Japan enclosed in a fictional world that is seemingly trivial, but loaded with portent - Independent
A really imaginative collection where all the stories are intertwined and mysterious in that Murakami way - Observer
Murakami's storytelling inspires intimacy. It's the particular kind of intimacy that can evolve between a reader and a book, unspoken and unexpected, familiar, satisfying, strange. - Village Voice
Even in the slipperiest of Mr Murakami's stories, pinpoints of detail flash out warm with life. - New York Times
Murakami is one of the best writers around. - Time Out
Murakami is a true original and yet in many ways he is also Franz Kafka's successor because he seems to have the intelligence to know what Kafka truly was - a comic writer. - Sunday Herald
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood,The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.