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After Dark by Haruki Murakami
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Jun 14, 2007

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Night-time in Tokyo. Jazz and pop standards play at seedy restaurants while a trombonist tries to befriend an insomniac teenager in a café, a former wrestler-turned-manager of a ‘love hotel’ called Alphaville deals with a bloody assault on one of the residents, and an American Psycho-type character recuperates after a dark deed. Hovering above all of these is the spectre of another young woman, in a coma in a room with a TV set that has mysterious powers of absorption.

This, then, is trademark Murakami, dealing with one surreal night in the lives of disaffected young Japanese searching for connection. [Review continues at]

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