Underground The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

ISBN-10: 0375725806
ISBN-13: 9780375725807
Edition: 2001
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Description: From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound. In March of 1995, agents of a  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound. In March of 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas twenty-six times as deadly as cyanide. Attempting to discover why, Murakami conducted hundreds of interviews with the people involved, from the survivors to the perpetrators to the relatives of those who died, and Underground is their story in their own voices. Concerned with the fundamental issues that led to the attack as well as these personal accounts, Underground is a document of what happened in Tokyo as well as a warning of what could happen anywhere. This is an enthralling and unique work of nonfiction that is timely and vital and as wonderfully executed as Murakami’s brilliant novels.

James Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York, on March 22, 1947. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 and received a M. A. from Vanderbilt University in 1970. His first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was written while he was working in a mental institution and was rejected by 26 publishers before being published and winning the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery. He is best known as the creator of Alex Cross, the police psychologist hero of such novels as Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. Cross has been portrayed on the silver screen by Morgan Freeman. He also writes the Women's Murder Club series, as well as the Maximum Ride series, Daniel X series, the Witch and Wizard series, and the Middle School series for children. He has won numerous awards including the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. He also made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012 with his title I Funny: A Middle School Story and again in 2013 with his title Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!, 12th of Never, Alex Cross, Run, Confessions: The Private School Murders, Cross My Heart and The Christmas Wedding. Patterson is the co-author of Guilty Wives (2012) and Mistress (2013) with David Ellis. First Love, co-authored with Emily Raymond, made the New York Times bestseller list in January, 2014. James Patterson co-authored Private L.A. with Mark Sullivan and it made The New York Times Best Seller List in March 2014. Patterson also made The New York Times Best Seller List with Unlucky 13, Invisible, Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile, and children's title Ultimate Showdown, book 5 in the Middle Scholl Series, in 2014.Author Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949 in Kyoto, Japan, and most of his youth was spent in Kobe. Murakami's parents both taught Japanese literature. Murakami studied at Tokyo's Waseda University. He opened a coffeehouse/jazz bar in the capital called Peter Cat with his wife, Yoko. He later turned to writing full time following the publication of his first novel in 1979, Hear the Wind Sing. Murakami received national recognition for Norwegian Wood and is considered by many to be an important figure in postmodern literature. His fiction is described as humorous and surreal, and the themes of alienation and loneliness are often present in his works. Several of his stories have been adapted for the stage and as films. Murakami has also written nonfiction, including works dealing with the Aum Shinrikyo subway gas attack, as well as a collection of essays about his marathon and triathlon experiences, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. He has translated into Japanese literature written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver, Truman Capote, John Irving, and Paul Theroux. Murakami has received numerous literary awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize for his novel Kafka on the Shore and the Yomiuri Prize for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. In January 2009 Murakami received the Jerusalem Prize. His title Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

Map of the Tokyo Subway
Underground
Preface
Tokyo Metropolitan Subway: Chiyoda Line
Nobody was dealing with things calmly
I've been here since I first joined
At that point Takahashi was still alive
I'm not a sarin victim, I'm a survivor
It's not even whether or not to take the subway, just to go out walking scares me now
The day after the gas attack, I asked my wife for a divorce
Luckily I was dozing off
Everyone loves a scandal
Tokyo Metropolitan Subway: Marunouchi Line (Destination: Ogikubo)
I felt like I was watching a program on TV
Looking back, it all started because the bus was two minutes early
That day and that day only I took the first door
If I hadn't been there, somebody else would have picked up the packets
I was in pain, yet I still bought my milk as usual
The night before the gas attack, the family was saying over dinner, "My, how lucky we are"
"li-yu-nii-an [Disneyland]"
Tokyo Metropolitan Subway: Marunouchi Line (Destination: Ikebukuro)
"What can that be?" I thought
I knew it was sarin
Tokyo Metropolitan Subway: Hibiya Line (Departing: Naka-meguro)
"What if you never see your grandchild's face?"
I had some knowledge of sarin
I kept shouting, "Please, please, please!" in Japanese
That kind of fright is something you never forget
Tokyo Metropolitan Subway: Hibiya Line (Departing: Kita-senju; Destination: Naka-meguro)
I'd borrowed the down payment, and my wife was expecting--it looked pretty bad
In a situation like that the emergency services aren't much help at all
Ride the trains every day and you know what's regular air
Tokyo Metropolitan Subway: Hibiya Line
Some crazy's probably sprinkled pesticides or something
We'll never make it. If we wait for the ambulance we're done for
It'd be pathetic to die like this
The day of the gas attack was my sixty-fifth birthday
Tokyo Metropolitan Subway: Kodemmacho Station
I saw his face and thought: "I've seen this character somewhere"
He was such a kind person. He seemed to get even kinder before he died
He was an undemanding child
Sarin! Sarin!
The very first thing that came to mind was poison gas--cyanide or sarin
There is no prompt and efficient system in Japan for dealing with a major catastrophe
Blind Nightmare: Where Are We Japanese Going?
The Place that was Promised
Preface
I'm still in Aum
Nostradamus had a great influence on my generation
Each individual has his own image of the Master
This was like an experiment using human beings
In my previous life I was a man
"If I stay here," I thought, "I'm going to die"
Asahara tried to force me to have sex with him
No matter how grotesque a figure Asahara appears, I can't just dismiss him
Afterword
Appendix

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