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Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Underground, Uten Enten, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: Underground Andguraundo, 19971998) is a book by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami about the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.
Described as a work of journalistic literature, it collects a series of separate interviews Murakami conducted with 60 victims of the attacks and 8 members of Aum, descriptions of how the attacks were carried out, and his essay Blind Nightmare: Where are we Japanese going? Underground was originally published in Japan without the interviews of Aum members they were published in the magazine Bungei Shunju before being collected in a separate volume, The Place That Was Promised. The English translation combines both books into a single volume, but has been abridged. Underground was translated by Alfred Birnbaum- The Place That Was Promised, by Philip Gabriel.
In his introduction to the book, Murakami describes his motivations for writing it: The Japanese media had bombarded us with so many in-depth profiles of the Aum cult perpetratorsthe attackersforming such a slick, seductive narrative that the average citizenthe victimwas an afterthought which is why I wanted, if at all possible, to get away from any formula- to recognise that each person on the subway that morning had a face, a life, a family, hopes and fears, contradictions and dilemmasand that all these factors had a place in the drama Furthermore, I had a hunch that we needed to see a true picture of all the survivors, whether they were severely traumatized or not, in order to better grasp the whole incident.
Jay Rubin holds that Murakami also had highly personal reasons for wanting to write Underground, notab...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=44675