James Morrison

Shaken and Stirred

After the Quake


Harvill Press 132pp £9.99 order from our bookshop

The protagonists in Haruki Murakami’s collection of short stories are united in one belief: that there is something indefinable missing from their lives, or, more precisely, from within themselves. We meet Komura, the initially contented hi-fi salesman whose self-image is shattered when his wife walks out leaving a note describing him as ‘a chunk of air’; Miyake, the amateur painter who has nightmares about dying in a fridge and lights nightly bonfires to warm his lonely heart ; and Satsuki, the nervy career woman consumed by hatred for her former husband, who has an emotional ‘stone’ in place of the baby she aborted decades ago.

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