After Dark

After Dark

by Haruki Murakami

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/06/2008

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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. The musician has plans to rehearse with his jazz band all night, Mari is equally unconcerned and content to read, smoke and drink coffee until dawn. They realise they've been acquainted through Eri, Mari's beautiful sister. The musician soon leaves with a promise to return. Shortly afterwards Mari will be interrupted a second time by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, the girl has heard Mari speaks fluent Chinese and requests her help.

Meanwhile Eri is at home and sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; pulse and respiration at the lowest required level. She has been in this soporific state for two months; Eri has become the classic myth - a sleeping beauty. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00-00 a faint electrical crackle is perceptible, a hint of life flickers across the TV screen, though the television's plug has been pulled.

Murakami, acclaimed master of the surreal, returns with a stunning new novel, where the familiar can become unfamiliar after midnight, even to those that thrive in small hours. With After Dark we journey beyond the twilight. Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?
ISBN:
9780099506249
9780099506249
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-06-2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
208
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x13mm
Weight:
0.15kg
Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction.

His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The Strange Library.

His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize.

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