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After Dark

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  74,161 Ratings  ·  5,138 Reviews
Cerca ya de medianoche, en esas horas en que todo se vuelve dolorosamente nítido o angustiosamente desdibujado, Mari, sentada sola a la mesa de un bar-restaurante, se toma un café mientras lee. La interrumpe un joven músico, Takahashi, al que Mari ha visto una única vez, en una cita de su hermana Eri, modelo profesional. Ésta, mientras tanto, duerme en su habitación, sumid ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 2008 by Tusquets (first published 2004)
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A. de Daumier-Smith This book's main focus is to show the meddling world of night-regulars and day-regulars. Shirakawa, the prostitute, Alphaville hotel workers, the…moreThis book's main focus is to show the meddling world of night-regulars and day-regulars. Shirakawa, the prostitute, Alphaville hotel workers, the mafia, they all belong to the night, whereas Meri and Takahashi are just visitors. The night has a tendency to corrupt, hence Takahashi's moral problems, represented in the volume of fat in his milk.
My hunch is that the story of Eri is intentionally kept a mystery, to emphasise the non-comprehensibility of the metaphysical world, yet still hinting at the evil attributions of it.
Murakami gives you a God vision, which is pretty common in cinema, yet makes it a challenge to follow the script on paper.
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Nugzar Kotua sure no! This book is magical, like all of Murakami novels.

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Jul 17, 2007 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like thinking about feelings.
Murakami is not a great author for passive readers. If your main interest in fiction is plot and story, and especially if you tend to be the sort of reader who plows straight through a book and then thinks about it only after you're done, "After Dark" is going to be unsatisfying.

To me, Murakami is a great author for teaching you how to read (forgive me) proactively. He works a lot with impressions and mood, so that it's most rewarding when the reader stops after every few sentences and chews on
Good ol' Murakami.
Every time I read him, I feel my reasons for choosing a book as company over a real person, legitimized again.
What is reading, but, a singular form of one-sided communication? An author sends us an encoded message, crafted with precision and a deep empathy arising out of their understanding of the world and humanity at large. And we, in turn, decode it and instantly feel a pull on the invisible umbilical cord linking us to this person we have never met and, possibly, will nev
Bookdragon Sean
This really isn’t a novel to be rushed. This is a novel to be savoured and appreciated, and I think this quote here captures a large part of the book:

"She reads with great concentration. Her eyes rarely move from the pages of the book- a thick hardback. A bookstore wrapper hides the title from us. Judging from her intent expression, the book might contain challenging subject matter. Far from skimming, she seems to be biting off and chewing it one line at a time.”

The words and the language see
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Original Review: March 8, 2011

A Midwinter Night's Tale

"After Dark" is probably the easiest Murakami novel to read. At 201 pages, it's not difficult to finish in one session.

It's also close to what you would call "high concept" in the film industry. Its execution is not much more than its conception.

All of the action takes place from 11:56pm to 6:52am on a midwinter night, more or less "after dark" when the days are shortest and the nights are longest.

Hidden Meaning

Murakami's writing is stripped
Stephen M
"Eye's mark the shape of the city"

There is something about Murakami that ignites connections in my brain that I don't know what to do with. Such as the scene with the man on a television screen staring into a real room with a girl lying on the bed. He is said to be looking in from the "other side". Murakami uses this same phrase when a main character is looking into a mirror. When she gazes at herself in the mirror she is said to be looking in from the "other side". There are several scenes whic
I wake up.

My room bathes in the light of the streetlamp. I’m too tired to look around. I close my eyes again but soon feel in my heart that the darkness I so desire has fled. It hides under my bed, in the corners of the city and of my mind. It refuses to manifest itself in its most majestic and generous form, that of the great blanket that covers the waking world, that of the wide gate that allows passage to the land of dreams. The splashes of darkness only serve to irritate me in their small p
Nishat rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2014
Nov 24, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful excursion into the mentality and rhythms of night in the city and the perspectives it gives to the meaning of our daytime lives. This 2007 novel contains the essence of Murikami’s weird and wonderful ways in a pure and restrained form. We fly around observing a set of characters as with an invisible camera, neutral and unjudging. Time ticks down explicitly through the night though the pacing of life at night has a timeless quality. The characters actions are muted and reflective, th ...more
Jason Pettus
Jun 22, 2007 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(My full review of this book is larger than GoodReads' word-count limitations. Find it at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [].)

"You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pictures in a magazine, a bun
Jun 06, 2014 Heba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عالم "هاروكي موراكامي" عالم خاص ينطوي على جاذبية غريبة ..ما أن تحاول كشف أسراراه تجد نفسك وقد تراكمت التساؤلات على ذهنك محاولاً ان تجد إجابات ولكن دون جدوى
وفى هذة الرواية.. الظلام الغامض يبتلع تساؤلاتك قبل أن تطرحها :)
ما بعد الظلام...هنالك من يعيش فى عالمه الصغير ويشعر بالضعف وإن من السهل جرحه وكأن عالمه ورقة شجر قد تُلقي بها الريح بعيداً..
من لا يرضى بواقعه ويأمل فى واقع أفضل ويطمح فيأمل أن يذيب الجدار الذي يفصله عن الواقع ويواجه الحقيقة..
من هو فى سباق متواصل مع ظله فلا يستطيع ان يتجاوزه أو ح
Sherif Metwaly

أنا اللّى أعرفه .. إن الروايات بتبقى حاجة من اتنين
إما الرواية تكون جميلة وبديعة وفيها حاجة حلوة تعجبك وتخليك تكملها للآخر
يا إما الرواية تكون سيئة ومتعجبكش أو متفهمهاش
وبالتالى متكملهاش أو تكملها لو قادر تصبر عليها وتنتقدها نقد كامل فى النهاية

ولكن هنا
رواية ممتعة ، ساحرة ، فيها حاجة تجبرك انك ماتسبهاش متعرفش ازاى
بالرغم من أنك مش فاهم حاجة؟
أو بمعنى أدق ، فيه غموض فى حاجات معينة انت مش فاهمه
مزيج غريب وعجيب ومدهش
وبالرغم من انك مش فاهم لحد النهاية ومفهمتش فى النهاية
لاتملك إلا أن تقول .. الرواي
Jr Bacdayan
Dec 08, 2014 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It’s true, though: time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night.”

I read Murakami’s After Dark exclusively at night time. Capricious as it might sound, I do believe that most of it I read after midnight. Darkness encroaching all around, only a dim desk lamp to illuminate my surroundings. Silence engulfing the atmosphere, sometimes unbearable, often intoxicating. A cup of coffee beside me, a platter of peanuts in front, I relished every moment of this novel. Why? I am captivated b
Saman Kashi
مرد: به نظرت میتوانیم به زودی باز همدیگر را ببینیم؟
زن: منظورت این است که قرار بگذاریم؟
مرد: میشود این جوری هم گفت
زن: اما چند بار بهم گفتهاند که شخصیت تاریکی دارم
مرد: این جور نیست که زندگیمان فقط به تاریکی و روشنایی تقسیم شده باشد. یک منطقهی میانی سایهدار هم هست. کار عقل سالم تشخیص و فهم این سایههاست. کسب عقل سالم هم قدری زمان و جد و جهد میطلبد
زن: ولی چرا باید به من علاقهمند باشی؟
مرد: سئوال خوبی است. در حال حاضر خودم هم جوابش را نمیدانم. اما شاید – فقط شاید – اگر با هم باشیم و حرف بزنیم، پس از مدت
It's a clever little tale about night people, dreams (of all kinds), and subtle humor, mixed with grand and interesting detail in the style of so much horror fiction and a brooding (mostly) off-screen terror that lurks in the night.

Did I mention it's Japanese? Sure, it should be kinda obvious from such a big name like Murakami, but this is, after all, my first foray into his works. What can I say? I thought it was pretty damn great. I didn't have any expectations, so I just let myself flow with
Amira Mahmoud
ولأننا دائمًا ما نبدأ مع الكُتاب بأعمالهم الأشهر والأكثر نجاحًا ، ولأنها دائمًا ما ترفع سقف توقعاتنا
ولأننا لا نكف عن مقارنتها بباقي أعماله الأخرى مما يسبب خيبة أمل وعدم رضا عن تلك الأعمال
لم ابدأ مع هاروكي موراكامي بعمله الأشهر ( كافكا على الشاطئ ) ، كان اللقاء الأول مع هذا الكاتب سريع وبسيط في روايته القصيرة نعاس ، ثم كانت التجربة الثانية مع هذه الرواية

ما بعد الظلام ، هي ليست رواية رعب كما توقع أغلب القراء وعلى رأسهم أنا ، هي فقط رواية تدور أحداثها في الجزء الأخير من الليل عندما يحل الظلام ، ما
Bob Lopez
I didn't like the book very much. It read like something he tossed off, like it was a book between books, like a book to satisfy a contractual obligation: the literary equivalent of a B-sides collection, or maybe a greatest hits collection, only not very good.

There wasn't anything very compelling about the characters. They were wooden, and not very fleshed out, like vaguely romanticized caricatures.

The narrative suffered--I'm guessing--because of the translation; there were details here and ther
Jul 30, 2012 TK421 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Murakami haunts me. His words. The images he uses to convey his message. His characters.

Blended together, these elements make for a surreal reading experience that is both fantastic and illusory. On one page you have a straight forward narrative of life during the wee hours of the night in Japan. But on the other page, a journey is taking place. Where this journey will end is anyone's guess. From a sleeping sister to a brothel to a kid that plays in a jazz band to a woman searching for her rela
If you opened this book up at any page without first looking at its cover you would still know immediately who the author was. Haruki Murakami has such a distinctive style it could be no one else. This particular book is very short and in my opinion not the best he has written. I loved the way he evokes those dark hours between midnight and dawn but there is less than usual substance to the book and an awful lot of mystery which is never solved. I think I needed a few more chapters and a little ...more
Ahmed Oraby
Sep 13, 2013 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا الريڤيو كان من أسباب قراءتي للرواية
رواية جميلة، مسك الختام بحق، سأفتقد مورا، صديقي الجديد، وعالمه البديع الغريب
سأفتقد رواياته المجنونة بحق، على أمل انتظار ترجمة بقيتها، أو على أمل أكبر منه، أن أتعلم اليابانية، فقط من أجله
هكذا كان شعوري خلال تلك الفترة، وهو أن أبي ما كان ينبغي له قط أن يتركني وحيدًا، أيًا كانت الأسباب. ما كان ينبغي له قط أن يجعلني يتيمًا في هذا العالم، أيًا كان السبب، ما كان ينبغي له الذهاب.

حسنًا، وفي النهاية، عندما تصبحين يتيمة، تظلين يتيمة حتى يوم
Apr 22, 2013 vivliovision rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a comment:

Murakami’s "After Dark" is first and foremost a cinematic book.

The story takes place in Tokyo, but as Borges once said (to Gabriel Nachmias): "Athens, New York, London—all of them are the same, after dark". By the same token, we may say that After Dark is set during a single night in a post-industrial metropolis. One night is enough time for Murakami, probably because every night is the same in metropolis.

Although Borges is not explicitly mentioned in the book, Murakami makes Go
Steven  Godin
May 19, 2016 Steven Godin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan, mystery, modern
Another night has passed by and the day is upon us, telling from the light it is still early morning and from our viewpoint we are looking down on a city, we start to float towards a neighbourhood and pick out a house at random. We are now in the back garden of the property where two cats roam and can hear the sound of birds singing in the trees, we move in the direction of a second story window where the curtains are still closed, we enter. The first thing we notice is a man sat up in bed who a ...more
Heba TariQ
Mar 10, 2015 Heba TariQ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
للمرة الثانية يفقدني هاروكي موراكامي عقلي، بعد روايته "نعاس"
علي نفس الخطي نمشي انا و هاروكي
هو يكتب و يكتب و انا انسي نومي و عملي و طعامي، افقد عقلي تدريجيا
و اندمج لاصبح انا بداخل سطوره، تائهة ابحث عن النهاية، بينما خيالي سارحا للبحث عن مغزي السطور
حتي نصل للنهاية صدمة الصدمات ف اظل أكرر
نعم! هل انتهيت؟!!!
هذا الساحر الياباني، يمسك يديك بخفة، يدخلك المتاهة،يقودك نحو الهلاك
لن اكتب شرح تفصيلي عن الرائعة تلك، حتي لا اساهم في كشف مفاجأتها عمن لم يتناولها بعد.
و لكن اقول انه ما بعد الظلام، بامكانك ان تج
Franco  Santos
Cuando se esconde el Sol y se enciende la Luna, la mayoría de nosotros se apaga, se pierde en el mundo de los sueños. Pero hay otros que tienen como aliado a la noche. Entre el silencio de la oscuridad, encuentran la fuerza para gritar.

Buen libro de Murakami. Algo experimental, con una prosa madura y atractiva.
As I Murakami fanatic, I feel justified in saying, Eh. I suppose he's the master of fashioning a career resting on two or three great novels (Kafka... Windup...) and then keeping his name in the news by producing plenty of light as air oughtta-be-short stories padded so thick with fat margins and linespaces that make your eyes vibrate that they actually seem like 244 -page books, in fact are 244 pages for that matter. According to my calculations this is about 40 - 45,000 words. Call me bitter, ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a weird, beguiling little book. You just sort of float around while this Altman-esque point of view shifts back and forth between a little ensemble of strange, endeeringly damaged people. Murakami's narration is what really makes this work so well, the voice he uses is almost mesmerizing at times. The whole thing is just suffused with this jazzy, hypnotic stlye that occasionally veers into something darker, something more primevally resonant. If William Gibson and David Lynch wrote a book t ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Ah me I love Murakami. This is only the fifth book of his I've read but they never disappoint. I started with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which I read when I lived in Japan. Seemed fitting. Followed up with A Wild Sheep Chase, Dance Dance Dance and Underground, a non-fiction book where he collected and told the stories of survivors from the Tokyo Subway gas attack. I have more on my shelf. I plan to read every single book of his.

After Dark is definitely one of his more approachable books. It was
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 17, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Dra. Ranee
Shelves: fantasy
Thank you, Ranee for lending me this book during Meet-Up 1. Murakami still to disappoint. 4 stars!

Tokyo. Closed to midnight till early morning. 19-y/o Mari is reading a thick book in a Denny's (yes, that same breakfast resto chain in the US). Then comes the band member, Takahashi who happens to recognize her as his date in a swimming party several years ago. This is the opening scene of the book and I will not tell you the whole story as this is just a novelette (244 pages) that took me only a d
After Dark is the first book by Haruki Murakami that I’ve read. I was warned by many that I would not enjoy it. But they’re all delusional and wrong.

After Dark isn’t a traditional novel. It isn’t a plot driven story and in fact, not much actually happens. After Dark takes place in Tokyo over a period of seven hours. It begins with Mari Asai, sitting and reading her book in a Denny’s in the middle of the night. An old acquaintance sees her and reacquaints himself. The boy, Takahashi, eats at Mari
May 20, 2017 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century
Τον Νοέμβριο του 2015 είχα διαβάσει για τελευταία φορά βιβλίο του Χαρούκι Μουρακάμι, το εκπληκτικό "Ο Κάφκα στην ακτή", και η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου έλειψε η γραφή του, αυτή η αίσθηση που συνήθως δημιουργεί με τις ιστορίες του. Αυτό είναι το πέμπτο βιβλίο του που διαβάζω και για ακόμη μια φορά με άφησε ικανοποιημένο. Είναι ένα αρκετά ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο και λιγάκι διαφορετικό σε σχέση με άλλα του συγγραφέα, σίγουρα δεν είναι για όλα τα γούστα.

Η όλη ιστορία διαδραματίζεται στο Τόκιο, το χρονικό διάστ
Edward Lorn
Aug 03, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-52-2015
I always have such a difficult time reviewing translated books. I usually don't know who to give credit to as far as the writing is concerned. This time around, not only is the writing fantastic, but the story is unlike anything else I've ever read. Although the book has been translated into English by Jay Rubin, I don't feel like anything was lost in translation. I'm completely comfortable giving my first Murakami novel five stars for this reason.

First, let's discuss the style choice. Second-p
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