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After the Quake

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The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s 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 in
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Published August 2015 by Vintage International (first published February 25th 2000)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
After the Quake, Haruki Murakami
After the Quake is a collection of 6 short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, written between 1999 and 2000. First published in Japan in 2000, it was released in English as After the Quake in 2002. Contents: UFO in Kushiro; Landscape with Flatiron; All God's Children Can Dance; Thailand; Super-Frog Saves Tokyo; Honey Pie.

عنوانها: بعد زلزله؛ بعد از زلزله؛ پس لرزه؛ نویسنده هاروکی موراکامی؛ تاریخ خوانش نخست: روز 8، ماه می، 2012 میلادی
عنوان: بعد زلزله: شش دا
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
Greta G
“And then it struck him what lay buried far down under the earth on which his feet were so firmly planted: the ominous rumbling of the deepest darkness, secret rivers that transported desire, slimy creatures writhing, the lair of earthquakes ready to transform whole cities into mounds of rubble. These, too, were helping to create the rhythm of the earth.”

After reading his sole non-fiction work, Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, about the Tokyo subway nerve-gas attack on
Mutasim Billah
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, short-stories
“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.”

The Great Hanshin earthquake or Kobe earthquake occurred on 17th January 1995 and affected over a million lives in the southern part of the Hyōgo Prefecture. The loss of almost 6500 lives and the ruins of Kobe left a bruise at the country's core.

After the Quake doesn't chronicle the events of the earthquake, although all its stories have a vague connection to the disaster. However, instead of putting his characters at the very
Athena ღ
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο μήνας Ιανουάριος άνοιξε και έκλεισε με Μουρακάμι. Πρόσφατα λοιπόν έπιασα το πρώτο μου βιβλίο από Μουρακάμι, και αυτό είναι το τρίτο που διαβάζω, και είτε μιλάμε για μυθιστόρημα 800 σελίδων είτε για βιβλίο αποτελούμενο από μικρές ιστορίες, όπως το συγκεκριμένο, δηλώνω γοητευμένη. Το "μετά το σεισμό" το διάβασα κυριολεκτικά in one sitting (που λένε και στο χωριό μου) και βρήκα τις ιστορίες του άλλες περισσότερο και άλλες λιγότερο ενδιαφέρουσες. Αγαπημένες μου η Ταϊλάνδη και η μελόπιτα.

Random but persistent streams of clear light and white smoke swirled together inside his eyes, which gave him a strangely flat view of the world. Was this what it felt like to die?
Haruki Murakami -- All God's Children Can Dance


Rarely has a story affected me as deeply as All God's Children Can Dance. Here, we spend time with the Mystical Murakami, the disturbing Murakami. The Murakami I love.

Yoshiya is born to an eccentric single mother who is 'born again' after several unfortunate couplings. Now
Masoud Irannejad
یه مجموعه داستان جالب از هاروکی موراکامی
کتاب دارای شش داستان است که زلزله سال 1995 کوبه زندگی شخصیت های داستان رو به نحوی تحت تاثیر قرار میده
من ترجمه ی علی حاجی قاسم از نشر نگاه رو خوندم که تعریفی نداشت و داستان همه ی بچه های خدا حق دارند برقصند تو این کتاب قرار داده نشده بود
اگه بخوام به هر داستان جداگونه نمره بدم نتیجه این خواهد بود:
بشقاب پرنده در کوشیرو ۲.۵
منظره ای با اتوی چدنی ۳.۵
تایلند ۳.۵
قورباغه ی عظیمی که توکیو را نجات می دهد ۴
شیرینی عسلی ۵
میانگینش میشه ۳.۷ که ۰.۷ نمره ازش به خاطر نداشتن
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
آقا من موراکامی رو دوست دارم! ینی اگه تک‌تک این داستان‌ها رو یکی برام تعریف کنه، می‌گم عه چقد خنک. اما وقتی موراکامی می‌نویسه چنان درگیر جزییات و شخصیت‌پردازی و معنا می‌شه که دیگه واویلا. بعد شکست عشقی رو من اینجا خوردم. همین جا، توی گودریدز که فهمیدم دوتا داستان این مجموعه نیومده! نمی‌دونم کدوم رو خوندم، درواقع صوتی گوش دادم. اما بازم اجرای زیبای حسین آزادی عزیز شکست عشقی‌مو زدود. :دی

از همه بیشتر داستان شیرینی عسل رو دوست داشتم. بقیه رو هم دوست داشتم و خوبیِ کتاب صوتی اینه که هروقت بخوای می‌تون
okay. well. this was certainly interesting.

um, what was that frog story?
I liked some stories, others not so much.
Will pick up more Murakami later on.

3.5 stars.

"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
Susan Budd
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the Quake is my first taste of Haruki Murakami. It is a collection of six stories set in the aftermath of the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

“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
Mariah Roze
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
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

آقا یه چیز بگم بخندین بم. من قبلاً پس‌لرزه رو صوتی شنیده بودم، و نمدونستم بعدِ زلزله همون پس‌لرزه‌ایه که با یه ترجمه و از یه نشر دیگه و صوتی نشیدمش :))))

دفعه پیش از داستان ابرقورباغه خوشم نیومد. اما الان پایانش خیلی برام شاهکار بود. فکر کنم پس‌لرزه سانسور هم داشت و یکی از داستان‌هاش حذف شده بود. داستان شیرینی عسلی رو برا بار سوم خوندم و لذت بردم و به‌نظرم بهترین داستان این مجموعه اومد. همین دیگه.
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
همه چیز به کنار، اون قورباغه هم به کنار :)
Andrew Smith
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kobe earthquake struck an area of southern Japan early one morning in January 1995. It took more than 4000 lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless. In this collection of six short stories the relationship of the narrative to the earthquake itself is sometimes clear but at other time obscure. A link they do all share is that the events in each story take place one month after the earthquake.

The stories often have no ending, they simply reflect the thoughts and actions of various people
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
موراکامی راحت و آسون نفوذ میکنه به درون قلب آدم و‌ قصشو‌ تعریف‌ میکنه، یه جوری می برتت به عمق شخصیتاش که میتونی لحظه های زندگیشونو با پوست و گوشت و استخون لمس کنی. داستان های اتویی در چشم انداز، شیرینی عسلی و تایلند رو خیلی دوست داشتم.
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
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
Connie G
Haruki Murakami set this collection of six short stories a month after the destructive 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan. The stories do not involve the earthquake area directly, but show the people of Japan undergoing psychological changes in response to this national disaster. The characters in the stories are having strange dreams, or are moving in an alternate dream reality. They feel an emptiness and loneliness in their lives.

This slim volume starts with "ufo in kushiro" about a man whose wife
Terremoto interiore

"È tempo che lei cominci a prepararsi per affrontare la morte con dolcezza. Se lei continuerà a investire troppe energie solo nel vivere, non riuscirà a morire bene. Un poco alla volta è necessario fare questo cambiamento. In un certo senso vivere e morire si equivalgono, dottoressa."
Quella sera, nel suo grande letto immacolato, Satsuki pianse. Riconobbe il fatto che si stava dolcemente avviando verso la morte. Riconobbe di avere una pietra bianca e dura dentro il suo corpo.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
دوست دارم از این به بعد داستان‌هایی بنویسم که با اونهایی که تا حالا نوشته‌ام فرق داشته باشند. دوست دارم درباره‌ی آدم‌هایی بنویسم که رویاپردازی می‌کنند و آرزو می‌کنند سپیده سر بزنه تا کسانی رو که دوست دارند در آغوش بگیرند.
( از داستان شیرینی عسل)

کتابی مشتمل بر چهار داستان کوتاه با عناوین یوفو در کوشیرو، چشم اندازی با اتوی ذغالی ، ابرقورباغه توکیو را نجات می‌دهد و شیرینی عسل.

شخصا داستانها را از آخر به اول بیشتر پسندیدم.
با اینکه داستان شیرینی عسل را در خوبی خدا خوانده بودم اما این بار از خواندنش بیش
اول می خواستم به کتاب سه امتیاز بدم اما داستان "شیرینی عسلی" به قدری شیرین و جذاب بود که تصمیم گرفتم چهار امتیاز بدم
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.
Ankit Garg
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story talks about a person's impotence, both literally and figuratively, in all walks of life. Murakami being Murakami, the reader doesn't get the answers he is looking for, but is left with a lot to think about after reading the story.

"No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself. It’s like your shadow. It follows you everywhere."

"You need to lighten up and learn to enjoy life a little more. I mean, think about it: tomorrow there could be an earthquake; you coul
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
Kevin Shepherd
On January 17, 1995 at 05:46 AM, a massive 6.9 earthquake struck the city of Kobe, Japan. 6,434 people lost their lives. Haruki Murakami takes this tragic reminder of the precariousness of life and interweaves it through six different short stories. Each story has its own distinct arc, and Murakami manages to incorporate several different genres (romance, magical reality, comedy, etc.) into this ensemble of loss and perseverance.

This is my second foray into the mind of Murakami and I am hooked.
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."
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
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