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After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami's set of short stories all concern Japanese people who find themselves suffering in some way after the Kobe earthquake in 1995. None of them suffers any injury or loses any loved ones during the quake, but the psychological shock of feeling the earth move beneath their feet alters their perceptions of their worlds. The collective grief and spiritual emptiness that courses through his character's lives brings them to seek what solace they might be able to find. It's a book that Salon says, "This is breathtakingly close to a flawless book, but in a very modest way."
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