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Haruki Murakami, after the quake (Vintage, 2003).
Murakami wrote these six short stories in response to the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and they share common themes of disquiet, change, and the sometimes surreal. The terrain explored here is psychological, not geological or geographic, and the stories are not necessarily set in Kobe. Note also that, for whatever reasons, Murakami seems to be more respected by critics abroad than he is in Japan. The stories included are “UFO in Kushiro,” “Landscape with Flatiron,” “All God’s Children Can Dance,” “Thailand,” “Super-Frog Saves Tokyo,” and “Honey Pie.” (According to Jay Rubin, the translator, Murakami insisted that the title not be capitalized.)

Here is an interview with Murakami from not long before he finished these stories. To look at reviews, start with the Complete Review, which links to many reviews and has one of their own (scroll down). Some other resources are here. Here are reviews from Laura Miller (Salon), Michiko Kakutani (The New York Times), Jeff Giles (The New York Times), Bill Robinson (Mostly Fiction), Clay Risen (Flak), Lolita Lark (RALPH), and Hertzan Chimera (The Open Critic). And here are worthy blog posts from Howard Choo, Martin, Hazel Sheffield, and Tracy. One of the stories is being made into a movie, and Brian and A. Walter have links to a trailer.

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