Murakami tells the true story behind an act of terrorism that turned an average Monday morning into a national disaster
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Published: 04 October 2012
Genre: Asian / Middle Eastern history: postwar from c 1945 -
In spite of the perpetrators' intentions, the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead, but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after-effects. Murakami interviews the victims to try and establish precisely what happened on the subway that day. He also interviews members and ex-members of the doomsdays cult responsible, in the hope that they might be able to explain the reason for the attack and how it was that their guru instilled such devotion in his followers.
Murakami shares with Alfred Hitchcock a fascination for ordinary people being suddenly plucked by extraordinary circumstances from their daily lives
Not just an impressive essay in witness literature, but also a unique sounding of the quotidian Japanese mind
A scrupulous and unhistrionic look into the heart of the horror
The testimonies he assembles are striking. From the very beginning Underground is impossibly moving and unexpectedly engrossing
There is no artifice or pretension in Underground. There is no need for cleverness. What Murakami describes happens to ordinary people in a frighteningly ordinary way. And it is all the more bizarre for that
Shocking. Emotive. Gripping. These three words are what best describe Murakami's series of interviews with the victims, perpetrators and families involved in the 1995 Tokyo Gas Attack. Murakami presents the reader with an unbiased and unpretentious series of interviews with over 50 people from all walks of life. Some interviews stick to your heart and mind and stay there long after the book is finished. A great book that can be put down and picked up over any amount of time.
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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle ...