By Haruki Murakami

The six tales in Haruki Murakami's enthralling assortment are set on the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, while 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 suddenly abandoned through his spouse consents to bring an enigmatic package--and is rewarded with a glimpse of his actual 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 immense 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 without doubt one of the such a lot visionary writers at paintings today.

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Gregor glances round: a couple of oafish gardeners sit on the wooden benches inside the concrete tunnel of the shelter, and a louche City type in a suit leans against the wall, irritably fiddling with an unlit cigarette and glaring at the NO SMOKING signs. ” he snarls in Gregor’s direction. Gregor composes his face in a thin smile. “I couldn’t possibly comment,” he says, his Hungarian accent betraying his status as a refugee. ) The louche businessman will be his contact, Goldsmith. He glances at the shelter’s counter.

Hers says TRAINEE NURSE. ” She looks over his shoulder as someone jostles him sideways. His card reads LABORER (UNSKILLED); but she doesn’t have time to read the rest. CAPTAIN’S LOG Yuri Gagarin kicks his shoes off, loosens his tie, and leans back in his chair. ” he complains. ” His companion, still standing, pours a glass of iced tea and passes it to the young colonel-general before drawing one for himself. ” The former first cosmonaut smiles tiredly. “Back before the invasion. ” Misha Gorodin is the only man on the ship who doesn’t have to give a shit whether the captain offers him a seat, but he’s grateful all the same: a little respect goes a long way, and Gagarin’s sunny disposition and friendly attitude are a far cry from some of the fuckheads Misha’s been stuck with in the past.

Kosygin leans forward intently. “Somewhere out there are beings so advanced that they skinned the Earth like a grape and plated it onto this disk—or worse, copied us all right down to the atomic level and duplicated us like one of those American Xerox machines. It’s not just us, though. You are aware of the other continents in the oceans. We think some of them may be inhabited, too—nothing else makes sense. Your task is to take the Sergei Korolev, the first ship of its class, on an historic five-year cruise.

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