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From the Publisher"After Dark reminds us of the risks, innovation and disquiet that underpin [Murakami’s] success. . . . In Murakami’s fictional world forests are imposing, gardens are strange and playgrounds are surprisingly serious places."
"Haruki Murakami’s new novel is a dense exploration of time and place, identity and possibility. . . . Murakami’s gift is that his bizarre and disconnected universe makes intuitive sense; his playful touch and deep compassion for the isolated human state lend his words a joyful, colourful tint. This is a complex work by a thinker who, like his characters, defies definition."
—Sunday Times (UK)
"After Dark rides in the strong wake of Kafka on the Shore."
—The Globe and Mail
"After Dark is possibly the closest Murakami has yet come to composing a pure tone-poem. . . . A story that spells out less but evokes as much if not more. . . . The novel could be an allegory of sleep, a phenomenology of time, or a cinematic metafiction. Whatever it is, the memory lingers."
"By writing about the mysteries of the night with nothing but specifics, Murakami makes the nightscape as vivid as a dream. . . . After Dark is one to keep by the bedside table, the perfect insomniac’s companion."
"It’s Haruki Murakami; there’s no hurry. The familiar drowsy jazz bars, enigmatic females and affable, directionless males are out in force and so is the writer’s irresistible easygoing style, gliding us through the darkest passages of a Tokyo night, where ennui is peppered with uncanny occurrences and a flash of horrific violence. . . . Murakami is clearly in love with the off-kilter melodies of the city at night."
"You’d be hard pressed to find a writer who offers a more convincing evocation of contentment than Murakami. . . . While his new novel, After Dark, might seem slight . . . it shares with his other work a deeply satisfying sense of having engaged the world . . . and been rewarded by everyday pleasures, and the unexpectedness of strangers."
"After Dark is a bittersweet novel that will satisfy the most demanding literary taste. It is a sort of neo-noir flick set in half-empty diners, dark streets and hotel rooms straight out of the paintings of Edward Hopper. . . . Like the work of the Chilean Roberto Bolaño or the Italian Roberto Calasso, Murakami’s fiction reminds us the world is broad, that myths are universal — and that while we sleep, the world out there is moving in mysterious and unpredictable ways."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"A streamlined, hushed ensemble piece built on the notion that very late at night, after the lamps of logic have been snuffed and rationality has shut its eyes, life on earth becomes boundariless and blurred. . . . It is when his technique is inconspicuous and not when he’s waving his wand above the hat that Murakami’s spell is most persuasive."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Only a novelist of Haruki Murakami’s stature would be so bold (or humorous) to begin a literary examination of the human soul in a setting as soulless as a Denny’s restaurant."
—New York Post
"Murakami’s spare, intense prose is at once funny, sad, complicated, simple and utterly engrossing."
—New York Post
"Ever since the Japanese writer began publishing in America . . . Murakami has been out front, riding the zeitgeist, investing his work with an aura of the surreal, uncanny and fantastic. . . . After Dark is a short book, hypnotically eerie, full of noirish foreboding, sometimes even funny, but, most of all, it’s one that keeps ratcheting up the suspense."