Read Murakami’s Surreal Short Story About the 1995 Kobe Earthquake

Read Murakami’s Surreal Short Story About the 1995 Kobe Earthquake

Haruki Murakami is a name you should know by now, and if it’s one you don’t, you have great things awaiting you. In 2001, The New Yorker published one of his shorts, “UFO in Kushiro,” a work that was inspired by the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. Available to read online for free, there’s no excuse not to have read this beautiful piece of literature.

The tale blurs the line between modern and mystical, telling the story of a man with no insides. Murakami’s writing is filled with powerful symbolism and a slew of characters that are both eerie and playful in their demeanors. “UFO in Kurshiro” builds off of Kobe, Japan’s tragic earthquake, but Murakami doesn’t stop there, taking his protagonist into a ghost-like and soul-sucking setting that serves as its own character.

You may be able to read this story in less than a day, but it’s certain to stick with you for much, much longer.

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