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Après le tremblement de terre

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Un mois après le tremblement de terre de Kobe en 1995, les secousses continuent dans le coeur des Japonais... Les séismes intérieurs déplacent les solitudes ordinaires, réveille les consciences endormies ou ravive le feu de la vie. A travers six variations, Murakami effleure, avec une infinie délicatesse, la faille intérieure présente en tout être.
Mass Market Paperback, 158 pages
Published February 7th 2002 by 10/18 (first published 2000)
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In response to the deadliest Kobe earthquake and the most enduring psychological consequence of the traumatic crisis, Haruki Murakami, with a poignant and reverent affection, crafts six remarkable stories. Though the central characters evade the physical devastation, Haruki Murakami's exploration displays the Japanese national conscience.

No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.

I find incredible solace in Murakami's words. I always have.
This was my first time reading Haruki Murakami's writing, and I was indeed more than intrigued and impressed. The six stories in this mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.

My two favorite stories: thailand & honey pie.

Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
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
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this short read. This book held multiple short stories that were all very different but shared the same theme. Every main character was someone that was a "nobody." They were shy, didn't have many friends, and no specific talents. However, by the end of the story they meant something to someone and they had done something "interesting" with their life.

I also really enjoyed this book because they were all stories that took place in Japan and were about the Japanese culture. I lived in J

"After the Quake" offers six short stories, which have one common point: Kobe earthquake in 1995. The characters don't actually experience the earthquake directly, but it changes their life, unsettles and uneases them. That's the only generality. At the same time, each of the short stories is like a separate story with its characters and world. To tell the truth I feel a little bit unsettled about this book, because it is definitely new, strange and unusual for me.

“UFO in Kushiro,” is quite a s
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
In true Murakami style, where the plot isn’t so much important but rather a green screen for the characters to perform. But something so surreal and fascinating, its like taking a dive into what you would think is azure water, only it is not.

 The surrealism that forms the centrifugal force in his stories like The Wind Up Bird  Chronicle ,continues its trend in this collection of short stories, each a derivative of the seismic upheaval in Kobe. Each story dips into the troubled waters and emerges
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, japan
تا الان كه اين ريويو را مي نويسم تنها فرصت خواندن چند داستان كوتاه از موراكامي نصيبم شده و بايد بگم همگي بدون استثنا حس مشتركي رو در من ايجاد كردند. تنهايي بشري
قهرمان داستان هاي موراكامي هميشه تنها هستند حتي اگر با كلي آدم، دوست، رفيق و همكار احاطه شده باشند هميشه جايي در درونشون هست كه تنهايي رو فرياد ميزنه
تفاوت اين مجموعه داستان كوتاه با بقيه مجموعه هاي داستاني موراكامي در بررسي اثر اتفاقي واحد (زلزله ي بزرگ شهر كوبه ) روي زندگي چند نفر در چند داستان جداگانه است. براي من كه با داستان كوتاه ازت
Parastoo Ashtian
آتش میتونه هر شکلی که میخواد به خودش بگیره. آزاده. بنابراین بسته به درون آدمی که نگاهش میکنه، میتونه به هر شکلی در بیاد. حالا اگه تو این حس عمیق و آروم رو با دیدن آتش پیدا میکنی به این دلیله که اون داره همون حس عمیق و آرومی که درون خودته بهت نشون میده. منظورم رو میفهمی؟

از متن کتاب
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اول می خواستم به کتاب سه امتیاز بدم اما داستان "شیرینی عسلی" به قدری شیرین و جذاب بود که تصمیم گرفتم چهار امتیاز بدم
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Pooya Kiani
خب، بد نبود، ولی نه ترجمه شاهکار بود و نه قلم خارقالعاده.
یه حسی بهم میگه موراکامی هم مثل سامرست موام، مثل ماکسیم گورکی یا برنارد شاو، تا حد بسیار زیادی فراموش میشه.
تبزدگی بیشتر از تاثیرپذیری در ارتباط مخاطب با آثار این افراد نقش داره. تب که فروکش کنه، تفاوت شولوخوف، وولف و کوبو آبه با موراکامیها پیدا میشه.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
به عنوان اولین اثری که از یه نویسنده محبوبِ تقریبا همه اقشار کتابخون خوندم،چندان برام جذاب نبود.
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
همه چیز به کنار، اون قورباغه هم به کنار :)
Maria Bikaki
4 αστεράκια της κλίμακας ρίχτερ.Ίσως από τα λιγότερο σύνθετα βιβλία του Χαρούκι Μουρακάμι που έχω διαβάσει αλλά εξίσου ποιοτικό και όπως ο σεισμός που αποτελεί και το κεντρικό θέμα στο οποίο στηρίζει τις ιστορίες του έτσι και εκείνος έρχεται να «κουνήσει» τον αναγνώστη με μια σειρά ιστοριών γεμάτες από εσωτερικές αναζητήσεις και με κέντρο τους τον άνθρωπο και τον διαφορετικό ψυχισμό αυτών. 6 διαφορετικές ιστορίες ανθρώπων ο καθενας με τα δικά του θέματα μάχονται για να αλλάξουν κάτι στις ζωές το ...more
Ο σουρεαλισμός στην καλύτερή του έκφανση.
Μια συλλογή διηγημάτων, με κοινό άξονα την καταστροφή μετά τον σεισμό του 1995, με μοτίβα που επανέρχονται και διατρέχουν όλα τα έργα του, ως προς τους χαρακτήρες και ως προς την ίδια την πλοκή.
Γλαφυρή γλώσσα, ως συνήθως, πρωτότυπες, γεμάτες ζωντάνια, ιστορίες, που ισορροπούν ανάμεσα στον ρεαλισμό και το φανταστικό - ο Murakami κρατά αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον για άλλη μια φορά και αποδεικνύεται αριστοτέχνης της μικρής φόρμας.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
" مهم نيست سفرِ آدم چه قدر طولانى باشه، آدم هيچوقت نمى تونه از دستِ خودش فرار كنه. عين سايه ى آدمه. همه جا تعقيبت مى كنه."
Ian "Marvin" Graye
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
Seth T.
Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Budd
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six stories set in the aftermath of the 1995 Kobe earthquake ~ This is my first taste of Murakami.

“Super-Frog Saves Tokyo” is the highlight of the collection ~ a nightmarish work of magical realism that is at turns humorous, grave, and gross. Frog is a polite and well-spoken creature given to philosophical musings and literary references. In the course of the story he mentions Nietzsche, Conrad, Tolstoy, Hemingway, and Dostoevsky. He also has a good sense of humor. I love his indignation when h
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Matthew Snope
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This had to be the seventh Murakami book I've read since I was seventeen. Back then, there are only two authors whose works I faithfully consumed. One was Murakami-sensei, the other was Chuck Palahnuik. Both have exceptional writing styles that stay with you and often haunt your days and nights if you allow them. I remember reading a Murakami anthology (The Elephant Vanishes) but since it was only a borrowed copy from the library, I never got to finish (I plan on re-reading that next year). This ...more
Shaimaa Ali
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murakami never fails me .. i just loved this short story collection a lot!
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Solo he leído dos títulos de Murakami y todavía no estoy segura acerca de él. Su narrativa es muy ligera y me gusta, pero en ocasiones (y hasta ahora me ha pasado con sus dos libros, no sé sobre los que vaya a leer después) me inquietan algunas escenas que parecen dispuestas ahí porque sí. O sea, como que sus libros siempre tienen que tener esas escenas extrañas y casi absurdas de sexo que no me llegan a cuadrar muy bien y sobre otros temas que... bueno, yo qué sé, esta cultura en general se me ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knyga - labai labai lengva, gerąja to žodžio prasme. Nors tuo pačiu ir depresyvoka. Taigi, sumoj turime lengvą depresiją. Kažko panašaus ir tikėjausi. Bet patiko.
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Murakami Haruki (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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