After Dark by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

A brief, glossy novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the witching hours among nighttime and sunrise, and each bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up chook Chronicle and Kafka at the Shore.

At its middle are sisters—Eri, a manner version drowsing her means into oblivion, and Mari, a tender pupil quickly led from solitary interpreting at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are notably alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met earlier than, a burly woman “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized by way of a businessman. those “night people” are haunted through secrets and techniques and wishes that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing situations that will continue them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman tormented by the mark of his crime—will both fix or annihilate her.

After darkish
moves from enthralling drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and house in addition to reminiscence and point of view right into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interaction among self-expression and empathy, among the facility of commentary and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and clutch of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a rare, harmonious mastery.

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Not a muscle in her face, not an eyelash moves. Her slender white neck preserves the dense tranquillity of a handcrafted product. Her small chin traces a clean angle like a well-shaped headland. Even in the profoundest somnolence, people do not tread so deeply into the realm of sleep. They do not attain such a total surrender of consciousness. But consciousness—or its absence—is of no concern as long as the functions for sustaining life are maintained. Eri's pulse and respiration continue at the lowest possible level.

The hot tea hurts her cut lip. She takes one sip and furrows her brow. Kaoru drinks some tea and says to the prostitute in Japanese, "But it's hard for you, isn't it? You come all the way from China, sneak into Japan, and you end up with those goons sucking the life outta you. " Mari asks. Kaoru shakes her head. "Nah, why bother? " Mari engages the prostitute in conversation. ) "Wo ye shi. " (Same as me. ) Mari offers the woman a little smile—her first since midnight. 45 A F T E R D A R K A motorcycle comes to a halt at the front entrance of the Alphaville: a big, tough-looking Honda sports bike.

She takes a deep breath and rubs her palm over her short blonde hair. " she says. 48 4 E ri Asai's room. Nothing has changed. The image of the man in the chair, however, is larger than before. Now we can see him fairly clearly. The signal is still experiencing some interference: at times the image wavers, its outlines bend, its quality fades, and static rises. Now and then a completely unrelated image intrudes momentarily. But the jumble subsides, and the original image returns. Eri Asai is still sound asleep in the bed.

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