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After Dark

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  59,175 ratings  ·  4,050 reviews
Murakami's 12th work of fiction is darkly entertaining and more novella than novel. Taking place over seven hours of a Tokyo night, it intercuts three loosely related stories, linked by Murakami's signature magical-realist absurd coincidences. When amateur trombonist and soon-to-be law student Tetsuya Takahashi walks into a late-night Denny's, he espies Mari Asai, 19, sitt ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by TusQuets (first published 2004)
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Hans Nam this book seems rushed to end quickly, leaving many, many questions unanswered. For example the role of the faceless man, the mirror reflections etc.…morethis book seems rushed to end quickly, leaving many, many questions unanswered. For example the role of the faceless man, the mirror reflections etc. It's best to enjoy the atmosphere it brings and forget about the plot - it's horrible(less)
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Jul 18, 2007 Daniel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Ian Agadada-Davida
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
بــدريــه  الـبـرازي
الساعة : 11:56 ليلاً

في دنيا الظلام ، العنف و الجريمة
تنكشف حقائق المغطاة من حكايات و أسرار

نتابع الأن حكايات ، من الذين تنتعش حياتهم
في الليل
ماري و أيري أساي : شقيقتين مختلفتين اصطبغت
حياتهما بالصمت الكبير بينهم و عدم الانسجام
و قطيعة ، في حين كل واحده تحسد الآخرى
على نمط الحياة التي تعيشها
تكاهاشي و هو الصديق شقيقتين هو نقطة الوصل بينهما

شيراكاوا : مبرمج ينام في النهار و يبدأ يومه في الليل
الظلام لا يخفي لنا حقيقته إنسان يهوى
اللجوء إلى فنادق الحب ليعذب من تقع بين يديه

أشخاص مختلفين تجمعهم الصدف
Jason Pettus
(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
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
Heba Nouraldeen
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
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
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
“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
None of us is perfect, though we pretend to be. We tend to think we are happy, are we really? If I look back, all I wanted to be back then was an engineer or a rich doctor. All I wish now is to be contented. We tend to think, the world is simple and all her mysteries exposed, are they really? When no one is watching and every living thing becomes deaf, how are we then? How can we smile and pretend any longer, when we know, we have not much causes left to do so? The only truth is desire and beaut ...more
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
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
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
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
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
Ahmed Oraby
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
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
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
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
Edward Lorn
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
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 11, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
I find myself thinking about Murakami's books long after I've read them. Murakami compares writing to jazz music and with his writing it is true. Just as I find myself humming memorable bits from songs like Take Five, I also come back again and again to passages of Murakami's novels and short stories. I don't always recognize the deeper meaning in his works right away, but like a piece of music his writing continues to work on me over time.

After Dark takes place in Tokyo between the "witching" h
Review as of July 2011...second reading...

I first read Murakami's After Dark in the hot rush of unreasonable fandom. The novel's release coincided with my inhaling of Murakami's catalog. I'm not sure if reading most of his works consecutively served me well; I get the details and characters confused from storyline to storyline. And After Dark couldn't live up to my fanatical expectations. So, a couple years past the first reading, I decided to give After Dark another shot on a steamy vacation we
Heba TariQ
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
Chester Dean
Después de haber leído Tokio Blues, creo todas las personas a mi alrededor se enteraron de lo mucho que me gustó y las muchas ganas que tenía de leer más del autor. Así que el mejor amigo de mi hermano (más conocido como mi hermano postizo) me ofreció After Dark y sin pensarlo lo acepté (como préstamo, claro) y así fue cómo éste libro llegó a mi.

Tengo un sentimiento extraño con respecto a éste libro, Juan del blog Crónicas Azules 13 me había explicado las dos formas de escribir de Murakami, la c
ما الذي يحدث حين ينتصف الليل على الأرض ، ما الذي يحدث حين يأوي الغالبية العظمى من البشر إلى أسرتهم و بيوتهم ، ماذا يحدث بالضبط حين لا نكون في وعينا الكامل ، أستطيع تخيل موركامي في ليلةٍ من تلك الليالي بعد هبوط الظلام و هو يذرع شوارع مدينته ينتظر انتصاف الليل ، ليرى تلك الكائنات التي تظهر في هذا الوقت تحديداً ، و التي لسبب ما تشبهنا إلى حدٍ كبير . ما بعد الظلام ، يكتب لنا موركامي بعينيّ كاميرا لا تُرى و بأسلوب روائي جديد ، بعض تلك الأحداث التي تحدث في الليل ، من مطاعم تخلو من روادها و يبقى بها ال ...more
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's my 6th book by Murakami, the 1st being Kafka on the shore and still to this day being the best thing I've read. I mention it because this is a close second.

There seems to be things in life that need to be thought about, deeply. And Murakami has this way in some of his books to remind you of them. Remind you in such a way that you start thinking and can't stop (maybe even going into some existential tizzy if your like me). He never presumes to give
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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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“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 bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed 'em to the fire, they're all just paper. The fire isn't thinking 'Oh, this is Kant,' or 'Oh, this is the Yomiuri evening edition,' or 'Nice tits,' while it burns. To the fire, they're nothing but scraps of paper. It's the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, totally useless memories: there's no distinction--they're all just fuel.” 525 likes
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