Haruki Murakami

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Underground

book | Non-Fiction | 1997
World → Kodansha
US & Canada → The Harvill Press
UK & Comm → Vintage

The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

In spite of the perpetrators' intentions, the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead, but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after-effects. Murakami interviews the victims to try and establish precisely what happened on the subway that day. He also interviews members and ex-members of the doomsdays cult responsible, in the hope that they might be able to explain the reason for the attack and how it was that their guru instilled such devotion in his followers.

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Reviews

A compelling tale of how capriciously and easily tragedy can destroy the ordinary, and how we try to make sense of it all.
Publishers Weekly
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For all public and academic libraries.
Library Journal
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Murakami's masterful and empathic chronicle vividly articulates the lessons that should be learned from this tragic foray into chaos.
Booklist
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Powerfully observed... A rattling chronicle of violence and terror.
Kirkus Reviews

Through Murakami’s sensitive yet relentless questioning, it emerges that the people who joined Aum felt just as adrift in the world as Murakami’s own [fictional] characters do.
The Guardian

Murakami shares with Alfred Hitchcock a fascination for ordinary people being suddenly plucked by extraordinary circumstances from their daily lives

Sunday Telegraph

A scrupulous and unhistrionic look into the heart of the horror

Scotsman

Not just an impressive essay in witness literature, but also a unique sounding of the quotidian Japanese mind

Independent

The testimonies he assembles are striking. From the very beginning Underground is impossibly moving and unexpectedly engrossing

Time Out

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