By Haruki Murakami

ISBN-10: 0307424642

ISBN-13: 9780307424648

The six tales in Haruki Murakami's enchanting assortment are set on the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, while Japan turned brutally conscious of the fragility of its day-by-day life. however the upheavals that afflict Murakami's characters are even deeper and extra mysterious, emanating from a spot the place the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been unexpectedly abandoned by means of his spouse has the same opinion to carry an enigmatic package--and is rewarded with a glimpse of his real nature. a guy who has been raised to view himself because the son of God pursues a stranger who may perhaps or will not be his human father. A mild-mannered assortment agent gets a trip from a massive speaking frog who enlists his assist in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as goals, as effective as oracles, the tales in After the Quake are extra evidence that Murakami is likely one of the such a lot visionary writers at paintings today.

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With an explosive jangle, the phone began to ring. “Cate, I’ve been trying everywhere to get you,” said his wife. “I never thought you’d be at the office. What are you doing? ” He said something about work. ” came the faint anxious question. “I’m a little frightened. Ronny just had a scare. It woke him up. ’ Of course it’s something he dreamed. But I’m frightened. You will be home? What’s that, dear? ” “I will. Right away,” he said. Then he was out of the office, buzzing the night bell and peering down the shaft.

You don’t have to wait, Fred,” she called. “Mr. ” The door to the cage shut with a mechanical rattle. The cage creaked. Then she turned around in the door. “Why, Mr. Wran,” she gurgled reproachfully, “I just couldn’t think of letting you go home now. I’m sure you’re terribly unwell. Why, you might collapse in the street. ” The creaking died away. He stood in the center of the office motionless. His eyes traced the course of Miss Millick’s footprints to where she stood blocking the door. Then a sound that was almost a scream was wrenched out of him, for he saw that the flesh of her face was beginning to change color; blackening until the powder on it was a sickly white dust, rouge a hideous pinkish one, lipstick a translucent red film.

I said. I picked up my stuff. “Come on. ” “Uh, uh,” she said, not moving. ” I said. ” “The hell you aren’t,” I said. ” She shook her head slowly. “You’re not fooling me, baby, you’re not fooling me at all. ” And she gave me the second smile. At the time I thought she must have seen my newspaper ad. Now I’m not so sure. “And now I’ll tell you how we’re going to work,” she went on. “You aren’t going to have my name or address or phone number. Nobody is. And we’re going to do all the pictures right here.

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