Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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Murakami should have been an investigative reporter. What happens when no one talks about the Sarin-Gas-Attack in the subway? Murakami gleans answers through interviews; in what is said and unsaid. As Murakami writes: "The sad fact is that language and logic cut off from reality have a far greater power than the language and logic of reality ... unable to comprehend each other's words, we'd part, each going our separate ways." Underground is a critique, a dialogue, a warning, and a reminder for communities to think critically and respond commonly.

— From Alex


In this haunting work of journalistic investigation, Haruki Murakami tells the story of the horrific terrorist attack on Japanese soil that shook the entire world.
On a clear spring day in 1995, five members of a religious cult unleashed poison gas on the Tokyo subway system. In attempt to discover why, Haruki Murakmi talks to the people who lived through the catastrophe, and in so doing lays bare the Japanese psyche. As he discerns the fundamental issues that led to the attack, Murakami paints a clear vision of an event that could occur anytime, anywhere.

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.

Praise For…

“Powerful. . . . Candid and often emotional.” —San Francisco Chronicle

 “Both a literary memorial and a frank examination of a society in search of its bearings.” —A.V. Club

“Impressive.” —The Independent

“Chilling. . . . Murakami weaves a compelling true tale of normal lives faced with abnormal realities.” —Sunday Tribune

“Powerfully observed. . . . A rattling chronicle of violence and terror.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Through Murakami’s sensitive yet relentless questioning, it emerges that the people who joined Aum felt just as adrift in the world as Murakami’s own [fictional] characters do.” —The Guardian

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375725807
ISBN-10: 0375725806
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 10th, 2001
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Vintage International