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After Dark

«Stylish and enigmatic»

Economist

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. Les mer

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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.

Later, Mari is 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. Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?

Detaljer

Forlag
Vintage
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
208
ISBN
9780099506249
Utgivelsesår
2008
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was twenty-nine and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers' award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, that turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon.

In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and Men Without Women, Murakami's distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring his place as one of the world's most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

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«Stylish and enigmatic»

Economist

«The novel could be an allegory of sleep, a phenomenology of time, or a cinematic metafiction. Whatever it is, its memory lingers»

Guardian

«The narrative carries considerable literary weight with a rare grace»

Spectator

«A captivating mood piece, delicate and wistful»

Evening Standard

Medlemmers vurdering

L
LiB – 15.05.2008

– After Dark foregår om natten, etter mørkets frembrudd både i konkret forstand, og i menneskesjelen. Mørke handlinger, dystre skjebner om natten i Tokyo, drømmeaktig sammenvevd, med utgangspunkt i søvnen til en ung pike som har tatt beslutningen om at hun skal sove - og fortsette å sove, ikke død men ute av livet, kanskje bare midlertidig. Hennes søster kan heller ikke sies å leve, virkelig leve. Hennes avgjørelse om å bli sittende på kafé natten igjennom får store konsekvenser for menneskene hun kommer i kontakt med, de som lever sine liv i skyggen av samfunnet. After Dark er umiskjennelig Murakami, der det helt konkrete og hverdagslige møter det absolutt underlige og mystiske. Den er ikke like uforglemmelig som f.eks. Norwegian Wood, men en konsis og komprimert historie som særlig kan anbefales som et sted å starte for de som ikke kjenner Murakamis forfatterskap så godt fra før.

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