Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (Paperback)

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    Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.
    It was a clear spring day, Monday, March 20, 1995, when five members of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo conducted chemical warfare on the Tokyo subway system using sarin, a poison gas twenty-six times as deadly as cyanide. The unthinkable had happened, a major urban transit system had become the target of a terrorist attack.

    In an attempt to discover why, Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author ofThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and arguably Japan’s most important contemporary novelist, talked to the people who lived through the catastrophe—from a Subway Authority employee with survivor guilt, to a fashion salesman with more venom for the media than for the perpetrators, to a young cult member who vehemently condemns the attack though he has not quit Aum. Through these and many other voices, Murakami exposes intriguing aspects of the Japanese psyche. And as he discerns the fundamental issues leading to the attack, we achieve a clear vision of an event that could occur anytime, anywhere. Hauntingly compelling and inescapably important,Underground is a powerful work of journalistic literature from one of the world’s most perceptive writers.

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    ISBN 9780375725807
    Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
    Format Paperback
    Pages 366
    Publisher Date 2001-04-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Vintage Books
    Copyright Year 2001
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.75 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Murakami, Haruki
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