Friday, June 22, 2012

After Dark - Haruki Murakami


I am rather at a loss to determine whether Murakami is truly an exceptional writer or not. What I do know for certain is that his writing is Special. It seems to differ from everything else I have read.

'After Dark' is a lot less ambitious than '1Q84' (which I adored) but remains an eccentric little novel. It's a bit like a literary movie script : the time-span is narrowed down to a couple of hours, the story is told in the present tense, and the viewpoint is limited to - and visualized by - a filmcamera.

The camera-metaphor obviously confers a voyeuristic impression which, added to Murakami's own parallel universe, not necessarily meant to be understood, vouch for pleasant reading.

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