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Underground :  The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche - Haruki Murakami

Underground

The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

By: Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum (Transcribed by), Philip Gabriel (Transcribed by)

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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. The novelist Haruki 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.

"Murakami shares with Alfred Hitchcock a fascination for ordinary people being suddenly plucked by extraordinary circumstances from their daily lives" Sunday Telegraph "Not just an impressive essay in witness literature, but also a unique sounding of the quotidian Japanese mind" Independent "A scrupulous and unhistrionic look into the heart of the horror" Scotsman "The testimonies he assembles are striking. From the very beginning Underground is impossibly moving and unexpectedly engrossing" Time Out "There is no artifice or pretension in Underground. There is no need for cleverness. What Murakami describes happens to ordinary people in a frighteningly ordinary way. And it is all the more bizarre for that" Observer

Haruki Murakami

Legend has it that on a warm day in Spring 1974 while watching a baseball game Murakami-san had the inspiration to write his first novel, later called Hear the Wind sing.

It won him his first Literary award and is part of The Trilogy of the Rat together with Pinball 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase .

His career as an writer took off fast and a steady flow of Novels, Short Stories, Articles and Documentaries followed.

The fact that he spent a good part of his life outside Japan, mainly in the US and southern Europe, is maybe the key factor of his growing worldwide success.

The stories and settings are familiar to Westerners and yet there is a distinctive Japanese touch.

Visit Haruki Murakami's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780099461098
ISBN-10: 0099461099
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: November 2003
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.2