Haruki Murakami

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After Dark

book | Fiction | 2007
World → Kodansha
US → Knopf
UK → Vintage

The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel, and needs Mari's help.

Meanwhile Mari's beautiful sister Eri lies in a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; it has lasted for two months. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00, a hint of life flickers across the television screen in her room, even though it's plug has been pulled out.

Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?

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Reviews

The Sunday Times
A complex work by a thinker who, like his characters, defies
definition.

The Sunday Times
Full Review

Standing sentry above the common gloom, Murakami detects phosphorescence everywhere, but chiefly in the auras around people, which glow brightest at night and when combined but fade at dawn, when we go our separate ways. Walter Kirn
The New York Times

Stylish and enigmatic

Economist

The novel could be an allegory of sleep, a phenomenology of time, or a cinematic metafiction. Whatever it is, its memory lingers

Guardian

Murakami is masterful with symbolism... Night... can't blacken the ever-shifting shutter speeds of Murakami's cockeyed Kodak... It is straight-ahead jazz with a quiet grace.

Los Angeles Times Book Review

A captivating mood piece, delicate and wistful

Evening Standard

The narrative carries considerable literary weight with a rare grace

Spectator

A bittersweet novel that will satisfy the most demanding literary taste. . . . Murakami's fiction reminds us that the world is broad, that myths are universal-and that while we sleep, the world out there is moving in mysterious and unpredictable ways.

The San Francisco Chronicle

Hypnotically eerie, sometimes even funny, but most of all, it’s [a book] that keeps ratcheting up the suspense.

The Washington Post Book World

After Dark is a gripping dream... In Murakami's hands, hope is nothing more nor less than a deep, cleansing breath

The Boston Globe

What you’ll love: The book’s spare yet eerily atmospheric scenes will fester under your skin, poking at your equilibrium long after you’ve finished reading.

The Washington Post

A metaphysical mystery... After Dark deftly explores existentialist notions of purpose, control, and identity

Elle

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