Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 10th 2001
Pages no: 366
Edition language: English
I will confess that I had not thought of the 1995 Tokyo subway gas attacks since the news stories were current. A religious cult called Aum was behind the attack, which involved releasing Sarin in various subway cars. This non-fiction book comprises two parts. The first part--which was once publi...
The first part is a collection of interviews bringing to life what happened in the Sarin Gas Attacks in Tokyo. You get a sense of the confusion as well as the moral dilemma faced by ordinary citizens and how emergency services were woefully unprepared for such an event. The last half was written lat...
On March 20, 1995 a Japanese religious cult, called Aum Shinrikyo released sarin gas onto five subway trains during the morning rush hour. Cult members entered trains near the front with two or three newspaper-wrapped packets of sarin, piercing the packets with sharpened umbrellas the members were ...
This is actually two books. Part I (1-223), titled "Underground" (Andaguraundo) was published in 1997; Part II ("The Place that was Promised") was written and published separately the following year.Part I consists of interviews with the victims (see updates; this section is too long and is tedious...