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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.
About the Author
Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The Strange Library. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize.
"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
ISBN: 9780099461098 ISBN-10: 0099461099 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 320 Published: November 2003 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
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.