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The book cover of Haruki Murakami’s “After Dark”.

Alienation or loneliness is the “soul” of a novel called “After Dark” written by the renowned bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. This book was first published in Japanese in 2004 and, was then translated and, published in English by Jay Rubin, a Japanese literature professor at the Harvard University.

 

The plot of this unique novel:

The plot of this novel is based on a sequence of intriguing events that occur between a few characters during the course of a night. It begins with a conversation between a 19-year-old girl named Mari Asai and a boy named Takahashi Tetsuya at a restaurant called “Denny”. The basic plot is then further divided into two sub plots i.e. one involving a Chinese prostitute being badly attacked by a customer and, the other involving Mari’s sister Eri having fallen into some kind of deep sleep with a television and a mysterious man watching over her.

The unique use of various narrative techniques, intriguing characters, and the use of language:

The striking feature of this intriguing novel is the use of extremely innovative narrative techniques. For example the author has cleverly used a timeline format in the form of chapters to narrate the story. The author has also interestingly used other creative story telling tools such as the use of the conversation i.e. dialogue format as well as the use of telling the story through the reader’s “point of view” which is what makes this novel an extremely fascinating read. The translation by Jay Rubin has captured the true essence of this intriguing novel very well. Of note is the honesty in which the graphic nature of the novel has been captured by the words and, for that full credit must go to the author as well as to the translator.

 

Moral of the story:

The story of this fascinating novel is layered and, as a result of which there are many facets to this novel that one can learn from. One really interesting aspect of the human mind that has been explored in this novel is related to memory. The observation that memory is a fuel that we humans require to survive is extremely interesting and validates the acute perception about human nature that the author possesses. Additionally, the fact that all the characters involved in the story are struggling with their own “inner demons” proves that these demons are a part of human nature and need to be overcome in order to survive.

The author of this novel Haruki Murakami has tasted success not only in Japan but worldwide too. So here is hoping that this fascinating story teller continues to enthral readers all around the globe.

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Alienation or loneliness is the “soul” of a novel called “After Dark” written by the renowned bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. This book was first published in Japanese in 2004 and, was then translated and, published in English by Jay Rubin, a Japanese literature professor at the Harvard University.   The...