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After Dark

(2007)
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A short, sleek novel of encounters set in the witching hours of Tokyo between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.

At its center are two sisters: Yuri, a fashion model sleeping her way into oblivion; and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's into lives radically alien to her own: those of a jazz trombonist who claims they've met before; a burly female “love hotel” manager and her maidstaff; and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These “night people” are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Yuri's slumber - mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime - will either restore or annihilate her.

After Dark moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency - the interplay between self-expression and understanding, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

“Eyes mark the shape of the city. Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair. In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature - or more, like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Countless arteries stretch to the ends of its elusive body, circulating a continuous supply of fresh blood cells, sending out new data and collecting the old, sending out new consumables and collecting the old, sending out new contradictions and collecting the old. To the rhythm of its pulsing, all parts of the body flicker and flare up and squirm. Midnight is approaching, and while the peak of activity has indeed passed, the basal metabolism that maintains life continues undiminished, producing the basso continuo of the city's moan, a monotonous sound that neither rises nor falls but is pregnant with foreboding.”
—from After Dark

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Haruki Murakami's After Dark

Hardback Editions

October 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: After Dark (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-7862-9859-6 / 978-0-7862-9859-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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June 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84655-143-9 / 978-1-84655-182-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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June 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84655-047-5 / 978-1-84655-047-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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May 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-385-66346-3 / 978-0-385-66346-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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May 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-307-26583-8 / 978-0-307-26583-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-385-68180-1 / 978-0-385-68180-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-09-950624-6 / 978-0-09-950624-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-09-952086-9 / 978-0-09-952086-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-307-38888-3 / 978-0-307-38888-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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April 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-676-97960-2 / 978-0-676-97960-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: After Dark (Vintage International)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-307-27873-5 / 978-0-307-27873-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84655-048-3 / 978-1-84655-048-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Audio Editions

July 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
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July 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
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June 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84456-639-0 / 978-1-84456-639-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-7393-4306-8 / 978-0-7393-4306-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: After Dark (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-4159-3859-8 / 978-1-4159-3859-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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April 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: After Dark
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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May 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: After Dark (Vintage International)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon