By Haruki Murakami
A brief, modern novel of encounters set in Tokyo through the witching hours among hour of darkness and sunrise, and each bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up chicken Chronicle and Kafka at the Shore.
At its heart are sisters—Eri, a manner version snoozing her manner into oblivion, and Mari, a tender scholar quickly led from solitary interpreting at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are noticeably alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met earlier than, a burly girl “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized by way of a businessman. those “night people” are haunted by means of secrets and techniques and desires that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing conditions that will hold them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman laid low with the mark of his crime—will both fix or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from enthralling drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and area in addition to reminiscence and viewpoint right into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interaction among self-expression and empathy, among the ability of remark and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and grab of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery.
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M . redhead here is Komugi. Yeah, I know it sounds like 'Wheat,' but it's the name her parents gave her, so what're ya gonna do? " "Glad to meet you," says Mari. "The other one over there is Korogi. Now, that's not her real name. ’ ” "Sorry about that," says Korogi in the soft tones of the Kansai region around Osaka. " Korogi looks a few years older than Komugi. "Glad to meet you," says Mari. The room is windowless and stuffy and all but filled with the oversize bed and TV. Crouching on the floor in one corner is a naked woman in a bath towel.
On the table is a half-empty bottle of beer and one glass. The TV is on and tuned to a comedy show. The audience laughs. Kaoru picks up the remote and switches it off. "Looks like he beat the crap out of her," she says to Mari. " Mari asks. "Uh-huh. " "Customer? " "Yeah, we mostly get pros at this time of night," Kaoru says. "So sometimes we have problems. " Mari bites her lip and tries to gather her thoughts. " "Yeah, she knows like two words of Japanese. I can't call the cops, though. " Mari sets her shoulder bag on the table and goes to the crouching woman.
What the man in the mask is staring at with his invisible eyes is the sleeping form of Eri. It finally dawns on us: this is what he has been doing all along. He is able to see through to this side. The television screen is functioning as a window on this room. Now and then the picture flickers and recovers. The static also increases. The noise sounds like an amplified sonic version of someone's brain waves. It rises with increasing density, but at a certain point it peaks, begins to degrade, and eventually dies out.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami