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After the Quake - Stories

Haruki Murakami

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In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which destroyed thousands of lives, and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in March, during the morning rush hour. Following these twin disasters, Haruki Murakami abandoned his life abroad and returned home to confront his country's grief. The subway attack led to his recent Underground. And out of the quake come these six stories, set in the months between natural catastrophe and man-made terrorism. His characters find their resolutely normal everyday lives undone by events even more surreal (yet somehow believable) than we have come to expect in his fiction. An electronics salesman, abruptly deserted by his wife, is entrusted to deliver a mysterious package but gets more than he bargained for at the receiving end; a Thai chauffeur takes his troubled charge to a seer, who penetrates her deepest sorrow; and, in the unforgettable title story, a boy acknowledges a shattering secret about his past that will change his life forever. But the most compelling character of all is the earthquake itself-slipping into and out of view almost imperceptibly, but nonetheless reaching deep into the lives of these forlorn citizens of the apocalypse. The terrible damage visible all around is, in fact, less extreme than the inconsolable howl of a nation indelibly scarred-an experience in which Murakami discovers many truths about compassion, courage, and the nature of human suffering.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rupert Degas, Teresa Gallagher, Adam Sims

Length:

4h 20m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:29