I usually don’t bother with short stories ‘After the Quake’ by Haruki Murakami is a compilation of six short stories. All of the tales center around the catastrophic earthquake in Kobe, Japan in the mid nineties.
While this book is a work of fiction, Murakami captures the raw emotion of citizens who experienced the shock of such an event. There is the man who waits for the return of his wife who deserts him, after obsessively watching coverage of the disaster. There’s the woman who goes on a vacation and hopes that her unlawful ex-husband is one of the victims, yet the journey shifts into one of self-exploration. There is the child who is plagued with anxiety and nightmares.
‘After the Quake’ is very well written, and I enjoyed this venture into reading a collection of short stories.