After the Quake Background

After the Quake Background

Widely renowned as one of the greatest writers of our modern era, Haruki Murakami wrote After the Quake after the catastrophic Kobe earthquake in 1995. The collection of short stories was first published in Japan in 2000, with an English translation by Jay Rubin released in 2002.

After the Quake features 6 short stories: "UFO in Kushiro", "Landscape with Flatiron", "All God's Children Can Dance", "Thailand", "Super-Frog Saves Tokyo", and "Honey Pie". Each story covers a different perspective on the Kobe earthquake, featuring different stories of characters affected psychologically by the disaster, even those not directly in the line of attack. As Translator Jay Rubin notes: "The central characters in After the Quake live far from the physical devastation, which they witness only on TV or in the papers, but for each of them the massive destruction unleashed by the earth itself becomes a turning point in their lives. They are forced to confront an emptiness they have borne inside them for years."

After the Quake was a work that further cemented Murakami's position as an influential writer of the Japanese spirit. Several of the stories have received theater, video, and radio adaptions, and in general the collection was well-received.

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