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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  91,798 ratings  ·  6,362 reviews
The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home.
Later, Mari is interrupted again by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, and she needs Mari's help.
Meanwhile Mari's beautiful
Paperback, 201 pages
Published April 2008 by Vintage (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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Jul 17, 2007 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
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
(アフターダーク = Afutā Dāku = After Dark, Haruki Murakami
After Dark is a 2004 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. Set in metropolitan Tokyo over the course of one night, characters include Mari Asai, a 19-year-old student, who is spending the night reading in a Denny's. There she meets Takahashi Tetsuya, a trombone-playing student who loves Curtis Fuller's "Five Spot After Dark" song on Blues-ette; Takahashi knows Mari's sister Eri, who he was once interested in, and insists that the group of th

إن ذكريات الأشخاص ربما هي الوقود الذي يحرقونه حتى يظلوا على قيد الحياة. و سواء كانت هذه الذكريات ذات أهمية أم لا فإن ذلك لا يهم طالما أن الأمر يتعلق باستمرارية الحياة. فهي كلها وقود. فإذا كان لديك مطويات دعائية في صحيفة و كتب في الفلسفة و صور جنسية من مجلات و رزمة من فئة العشرة آلاف ين ثم ألقيت بها جميعا في النار. فإنها تصبح كلها مجرد ورق. و النار لا تفكر حتى تقول: آه. هذا كانط. أو: آه. هذه هي الطبعة المسائية من صحيفة يوميوري. أو صور مؤخرات جميلة و هي تحرقها. إنه الشيء نفسه تماما. الذكريات المه
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly his efforts are becoming more and more of a nuisance--because you must read his entire body of work, you need to trudge through latter stuff, like this one, Verrrry Minor Murakami*.

The best thing? The open-endedness in some of the various hallucinations/tableaux. The most irritating? His 1 page-per American reference, and the halo to the Japanese master of All (Crap!) Things USA.

*newly discovered literature genre (c.a. 2016)
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Nov 24, 2015 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
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
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, kindle
"Is action merely the incidental product of thought, or is thought the consequential product of action?"

I'm merely three books old in the Murakami World and I find myself beguiled by the Murakamiesque surrealism. Admittedly, I've developed a taste for the way his stories unfold and come to an anomalous ending; After Dark is no exception to this.
The story actually transports you to those wee midnight "after dark" hours and captures all the activities going on during that period. It's like the e
Steven Godin
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan, postmodern
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
Jr Bacdayan
Dec 08, 2014 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
Jason Pettus
Jun 22, 2007 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
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
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
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
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
Ιδιαίτερη γραφή, κλασσικός Murakami!
P.S: Διαβάστε το κατά προτίμηση τις μικρές ώρες, ώστε να το απολαύσετε περισσότερο!
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I have a strange relationship with Japan – both of my daughters became fascinated with Japan as children and both learnt Japanese. Then one of them went to Japan as an exchange student and then both of them studied Japanese at university, the other one then going to study at Tokyo University for a year. Now both of them work at a Japanese travel agency . At the same time we also have had a Japanese exchange student stay with us – well, more with my ex-wife. And so my Japanese daughter’s name is ...more
Jul 30, 2012 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
Heba Tariq
Mar 10, 2015 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
Mohamed Khaled Sherif
الأدب الياباني عموماً من خلال قرائتي في أكثر من موضوع هو من النوع المُعقد والملئ بالتساؤلات والإستفسارت التي تحتاج إلى إجابات شافية..
أول عمل أقرأه للعظيم هاروكي موراكامي.. وفضلت أن أبتعد عن "كافكا على الشاطئ".. وقررت البدء بعمل إلى حداً ما مقبول لهاروكي.

الرواية عُبارة عن دوامة من المناقشات.. يستدرجك هاروكي بأسلوبه البارع في جعل الفسيخ شربات.. لكي تهتم بقضايا أنت فى الأصل لا تُعيرها أي أهتمام لو ذكرت أمامك في أي مكان.. الرواية تُعتبر كدليل على عادات وتقاليد اليابان.. من شدة إتقان الوصف لهاروكي في
Ahmed Oraby
Sep 13, 2013 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 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
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
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prvog dana škole Murakami je već dobio odličnu ocenu. Zaista ću početi da ga smatram svojom čitalačkom Ahilovom petom, ne umem mu dati manje od petice već treću knjigu zaredom. Ono što je na malom broju strana uspeo da mi predoči jeste koliko sam pre malo pažnje posvećivala naraciji nekog dela dok sam ga čitala, smatrajući je sekundarnim aspektom same priče, usmerivši pritom svu koncentraciju na likove i njihove zgode i nezgode.
Ovde je naracija srce priče i zvezda vodilja, skreće pažnju poput fi
Maloja Snake
Τρόποι μεγιστοποίησης της αναγνωστικής εμπειρίας

1. Επιλέξτε τις μικρές ώρες για την ανάγνωση του και νιώστε την υποκειμενική σημασία του χρόνου
2. Βάλτε να παίζει ο δίσκος των Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot και αφήστε τον να σας μουδιάσει τις αισθήσεις
3. Δείτε, μετα το τέλος της ανάγνωσης, το Chungking Express του Kar-Wai Wong

Πιστεύω ακράδαντα οτι η Mari Asai είναι η λογοτεχνική μου αποτύπωση.
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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
“In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount.” 1346 likes
“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.” 679 likes
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