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Nach Dem Beben

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  18,604 ratings  ·  1,230 reviews
La magnitud del terremoto que en 1995 asoló la ciudad japonesa de Kobe, y que se cobró más de cinco mil vidas, movió a Haruki Murakami a dedicar a este terrible suceso seis impactantes historias que transcurren poco después de la tragedia. El protagonista omnisciente, y también el más conmovedor, es el propio seísmo, que, unas veces de manera sutil, otras de modo muy signi ...more
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My favorite Murakami short story of all time is "The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Everyday." So when I realized halfway through the last story in After the Quake that the main character was the same one from "Kidney Shaped Stone," it was as if the planets had aligned, the clouds parted and a single shaft of sunlight shot down to bathe me in a golden glow; everything was perfect in the universe. And of course "Honey Pie" is now my second favorite Murakami story of all time.

It's a rare writer t
I don't know how Haruki Murakami deals with the pressure of being my favorite writer. Does he realize what kind of pedestal I've place him on? Does it keep him up at night? I'm forever waiting to be disappointed by one of his books--I mean, the guy can't be PERFECT, can he? Well it hasn't happened yet.

This slim little volume of short stories (only six of them in all), all loosely connected to the 1995 Kobe earthquake, didn't garner as much critical acclaim as some of Murakami's other books. And
Mar 07, 2009 C. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: Modern and Contemporary Literature
I don't get Murakami. In terms of form and style, the stories in this collection are consistently clichéd and unoriginal. Over and over again he uses the same tired old technique: open the story with a scene set in the present and then go back and give a brief description of the characters' life stories, what brought them here, and so on before returning to the present and continuing the story. It is dull, dull, dull. The language he uses is simplistic and unsophisticated. It is straightforward ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 05, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006 version)
Shelves: ex-1001
I am not sure why but this collection of six short stories that happened after the Kobe earthquake just did not impress me as much as his Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman did last month. Maybe because five out of the six stories have no fantasy ingredient like the talking cat, leeches falling from the sky, a TV zooming automatically at the sleeping you or the actual appearance of a UFO. These 6 short stories are mostly pure drama and the usual disappearance, leaving without saying goodbye or saying ...more
Ian Heidin-Seek
If Six Was One (or Two Were 19)

This is a lesser, almost insubstantial work, even if it is comprised of short stories.

The events described in each story have a very loose, tangential connection with the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

Apart from that, each story is capable of sitting on its own and being construed independently.

There's nothing especially interesting about any of the stories, except to the extent that they take a grab-bag of Murakami-esque themes and spin them into a tale.

At around 20 pages
I headed home dulled by work, dulled by the world around me, dulled by meaningless discourse, dulled by the apathy of others, dulled by the drift that's been pulling my mind away from the bones that hold it in, and as I approached the turn off to the beach I felt a pull I couldn't avoid, so I turned off.

Piano lessons were waiting. My kids were waiting. I needed to buy groceries. There was time, if I hurried, to spend with my love. But I found myself in the sand, shoes off, striding to the north
Seth Hahne
Okay yeah, so really on a Murakami kick here. As I write this I'm also in the opening throes of his Norwegian Wood. In any case, After the Quake did nothing to halt my appreciation for his work. Despite the fact that many of his themes are here regurgitated. It's true, the flow of love for Haruki Murakami continues unabated.

That's not to say that there aren't high and low points in the collection of short stories. In fact a couple of the stories are merely Good.

In any case, in the wake of the Ko
Apr 01, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murakami fans and 1001 book readers
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 book and my friend Nick
I didn't realise this book was a series of short stories until I opened it and started reading. Murakami presents another weird and wonderful view into his world but this time focusing on the the way that a group of fictional characters were affected by the Kobe earthquake. All of these stories have their own merits but my favourite was probably Super-Frog saves Tokyo. I love Murakami although I have to say that this was not my favourite book by him as these stories don't really give him much of ...more
bila kemaren ulil mendapat kiriman bom yang dibungkus sebagai kiriman buku, maka kemaren pula saya memulai baca buku murakami haruki tentang bungkusan yang gak jelas apa isinya.

judul cerpen pertama dalam buku ini adalah UFO DI KUSHINO.
wong mau menulis kisah tentang jepang pasca gempa kobe 1995 kok malah bicara tentang UFO?

ini kisah seorang lelaki yang ditinggal pergi istrinya seusai gempa di kobe.
si istri setelah kejadian gempa seperti kehilangan dirinya, kerjaannya tiap hari hanyalah menonton t
Matthew Snope
This is worth getting your grubby hands on just for the amazing short story "landscape with flatiron". For fuck's sake this guy can write. Sometimes some of his stuff is more appealing to me than others, but I'm blown away overall at his talent and prolificness. I'm also finding myself more drawn to shorter stories lately, having less patience for the modern grand master narrative of the epic novel, preferring instead the more fragmented, shorter, leaner & meaner postmodern narrative in the ...more
some thoughts on each story:

ufo in kushiro - for some strange reason i feel compelled to admit that, like the male protagonist, komura, the sense of loss after my divorce (from a marriage that lasted about 9 months) is best summed up in the ridiculous and meaningless effort i put forth in trying to understand how and why things ended as they did. unlike komura, my wife did not leave me a note...i got a phone call. strange how a story that doesn't specifically deal with divorce has made me feel a
Asma Fedosia
Feb 03, 2012 Asma Fedosia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Asma by: Pellerin
Tales combine fables, dreams, realism. Those seem the way to understand in part overwhelming, irrational events such as the January 1995 Kobe earthquake that destroyed the city. Each unique story of After the Quake restores broken human connections. Even characters distant from its epicenter felt traumatized and their lives psychologically disoriented by its televised images and by its reminder of relations and friends at the site. 'UFO in Kushiro' connects a recently divorced man (because of th ...more
Good collection of short stories. While I enjoyed them all, Honey Pie was my favorite. My least favorite was probably All God's Children Can Dance. Really fast read. If you like Murakami, you'll probably like this. If you don't like Murakami you will probably hate this. I got sucked back into Murakami's world immediately; his work definitely has a particular feeling to it, and this feeling gives me the warm fuzzies inside.
I'm not a rabid Murakami fan but I do like a good portion of his writing. So I opened this with some high hopes. Most short story collections will usually contain a few good stories and this author is really good when he nails it. I guess this outing he hit his thumbs a few times.

Let's start with the title after the quake. We're informed in the intro that these are thoughts set during the time of the Kobe earthquake. So why isn't it mentioned more in all of the stories? I realize that it's supp
I'm a big fan of Murakami, I've loved every novel of his I've read since the day I bought Dance Dance Dance because of the comparison to Raymond Carver and Raymond Chandler that was quoted on its beautful front cover. But these short story collections, I just can't quite appreciate as much.

At first I thought it was just that short stories were new to me, not the type of story telling to which I had grown accustomed. Now I see that it is simply the way I respond to short stories that are written
Sherif Nagib
مجموعة من القصص التي تتخذ من زلزال كوبي 1995 خلفية لأحداثها. خامس كتاب أقرؤه لموراكامي. القصة القصيرة كانت حاضرة في اثنتين على الأقل من الأربع روايات التي سبق وقرأتها له، لذا لم تكُن هناك مفاجآت في الأسلوب بالنسبة لي. فانتازيا موراكامي العابثة أحياناً موجودة في هذه المجموعة ولكنها تبدو أكثر جدية وتماسكاً. هناك رابط خفي وجميل بين القصص لا أحب أن أصيغه بكلمات، يدعمه إعجابي الشخصي بحُسن ترتيبها. بالطبع هناك أيضاً رجال وحيدون وموسيقى كلاسيكية وألغاز جميلة. مجموعة رائعة وأعلم أني قد أعاود قراءتها مرّ ...more
After the Quake is an intriguing collection of short stories and my first real encounter with Murakami, if you don't count the fascinating exchange he has with Paul Theroux in Ghost Train to the Eastern Star.

Because I've heard such high praise of Murakami from readers I respect, I was surprised by the conventional syntax and structure of these stories. They pretty much all unfold according to the same pattern, and the writing itself probably won't leave a lasting impression. (This is true for al
بهمن بهمن
ماشالله این قدر کتاب رو لت و پار کردند که اگه متن انگلیسی رو نخونید اصلا نمی فهمید چی به چیه!من که مجبور شدم یه بار دیگه برم متن اصلی رو بخونم! حداقل این جوری زبان آدم هم تقویت می شه
I'm not usually a short story kind of girl, but Murakami's stories are the exception. Once again, he does a terrific job of explicating incredibly complicated and often surreal concepts and emotions while using very simple and direct language - it's an exciting combination and Murakami never fails to deliver! I always have fun when I'm reading his books, they're dazzling and yet totally absorbing at the same time.

I'm giving this 4 stars only because the frog story just didn't quite work for me,
Ebrahim Abdulla

في تقديمه لمجموعته القصصية الثانية، يقول موراكامي بأنه لا يعتبر "بعد الزلزال" مجموعة قصصية حقيقية؛ لأن جميع القصص الموجودة في هذا الكتاب تتعلق، بوجه من الوجه، بزلزال كوبي 1995، فكأنه تجميّع موضوعي (لم أجد ترجمة مناسبة ل"كونسيبت ألبوم") أكثر منها مجموعة قصصية؛ لهذا السبب قرأت الكتاب وتوقعاتي كانت متدنّية جداً، ولكن، بشكل مفاجئ، استمتعت مع أغلب قصصه. الكتاب، كما قلت، يحكي قصص مختلفة، الرابط الوحيد بين هذه القصص هو وجود حدث (ذكرى غالباً) يرتبط بأحداث زلزال كوبي، وشخصياً لم أعاني كثيراً بسبب هذه الف
I am tripping on Murakami right now. While reading his stories I get this feeling that I am looking at life from high up in the sky.
The recurring theme of all the 6 short stories is the Kobe earthquake. Murakami in his signature style draws parallel between the earthquake and the soul-quake that ordinary people feel on a regular basis in their daily mundane lives. My favorite in the collection is “Super frog saves Tokyo” (I would love to talk about Hemingway with Mr.Frog).
This book was like a
Dec 02, 2008 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Euresti
This was a fantastic collection of short stories set in Japan [mostly Tokyo] in the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake. Most of the characters experience the quake distantly, as something happening to estranged relatives, ex-lovers, people on TV, but the occurence of the quake [or the event, rather, of them hearing of the quake] marks a turning point in each story, and the characters are pushed, either directly or indirectly, to confront their internal conflict and face down the idea of the earth ...more
don't be fooled by this little book; after the quake contains some of murakami's most profound work. it was one of the few works of his i had left to read and lo and behold, i was coming around to it right as the earthquake and consequent tsunami occurred. since this was written in the aftermath of the kobe earthquake, i figure it would give me some insight into not only murakami's mind about such things, but the psyche of the japanese in general, much like his nonfiction book underground. if yo ...more
Straniante, Tutti i figli di Dio danzano; una raccolta, in altre parole, per emotività impenetrabile, in sintonia perlopiù con un animo sensibile alle passioni inabissate, mai pronunciate. Sei storie di personalità in stallo, che, in circostanze impreviste, si scopriranno nondimeno in evoluzione. Kobe, emblematicamente presente e al contempo assente, è la città che li congiunge. Il sisma della città del Giappone non sarà, come tale, metafora di catastrofi affettive, sarà ancor più cifra di indef ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
There are six separate stories in this slim title. There are no similar characters but all these stories mention [some in passing, and others with more importance:] the last big earthquake at Kobe, Japan.

Murakami is like this. Everything happens as before, nothing extraordinary, just some normal everyday scenes, then suddenly, without warning, there's a strong earthquake and it jolts the reader. In the first story [UFO in Kushiro:] the lovers were in bed after their lovemaking, the girl makes a
Marco Marino
Un casuale incontro

Sinceramente non so di preciso cosa sto provando, sono appena uscito da quel mondo e mi sento spaesato, ho l’anima in subbuglio.
Sono pieno di domande...

Può un incontro casuale cambiare la nostra vita?

In tutti e sei i racconti c’è un incontro, reale o surreale, che muta drasticamente l’avvenire dei protagonisti, gente comune, facilmente confondibile per le strade affollate del Giappone.

Non v’è mai capitato quando magari siete in coda sulla strada di casa o camminate per
Murakami is known as a master storyteller not for nothing. People love him for his hallucinatory, surrealistic stories. But, according to me, what stands out in his works is the lyricism, those seemingly complicated, twisted sentences that touch the essence of one's soul.

Titled, ‘After the quake’, his collection of short stories – all fictional, somehow or the other references to the earthquake that hit Kobe, Japan. Akin to a dish, cooked so perfectly that it tantalizes the taste buds with the
There is an invisible line that links our own lives with the others around us. A subtle connection that is felt but not heard of , maybe a thought, an event, a lover and sometimes like in this book, the Kobe Quake.

After the Quake in Haruki's good hands captures the human in the drama. He mixes in deep emotions with whimsical characters, like your afternoon nap's dream- enough to make you break a sweat and enough to make you ponder. And if you think this is another "disaster" story, you are wrong
Airiz C
Anthologies are a mixed bag in nature, so it’s only expected I wouldn’t like all the stories included here in After the Quake. I’m an avid Murakami fan, but every time I encounter an element “re-used” from a previous work, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. But Murakami was able to salvage everything by focusing on his forte, which is diving into human loneliness and the depth of introspection. The six-piece compendium, while not solidly cohesive theme-wise, still presents Murakami’s adept writin ...more
All the stories in Murakami's After The Quake center around the 1995 Kobe earthquake so it is fitting that these tales appears to be around the theme of the frailty of existence. This is the first collection of short fiction by Murakami I've read and, while I prefer his novels, the stories are still quite wonderful and full of Murakami's existential wanderings. Only one of the six stores is fantasy and that one is a whopper about a big talking frog. It is my second favorite tale of the collectio ...more
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Haruki Murakami (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at:

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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