The six stories in this collection come from the deep and mysterious place where the human meets the inhuman—and are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.
Author: Haruki Murakami
The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman. An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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We're in the land of loss, but not lamentation. Jackson's characters love and laugh, dance and argue in a way that honors their bittersweet survival. Tender emotions are much harder to achieve onstage than pathological ones; it's a pleasure to see goodne The exiles whose tales of displacement are related here may be embodied by actors, but you often feel that it's the people they are portraying who are demanding the courtesy of your attention. How can you turn away? This aura of fraught intimacy has been
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ABSTRACT Haruki Murakami's after the quake (2002) collects six stories that are
emotional reckonings of the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Suggestive of Kafka and
Author: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Literary Criticism
Surging from the ontopoietic vital timing of life, human self-consciousness prompts the innermost desire to rise above its brute facts. Imaginatio creatrix inspires us to fabulate these facts into events and plots with personal significance attempting to delineate a life-course in life-stories within the ever-flowing stream – existence. Seeking their deep motivations, causes and concatenations, we fabulate relatively stabilized networks of interconnecting meaning – history. But to understand the meaning and sense of these networks’ reconfigurations call for the purpose and telos of our endless undertaking; they remain always incomplete, carried onwards with the current of life, while fluctuating with personal experience in the play of memory. Facts and life stories, subjective desires and propensities, the circumambient world in its historical moves, creative logos and mythos, personal freedom and inward stirrings thrown in an enigmatic interplay, prompt our imperative thirst for the meaning of this course, its purpose and its fulfillment – the sense of it all. To disentangle all this animates the passions of the literary genius. The focus of this collection is to isolate the main arteries running through the intermingled forces prompting our quest to endow life with meaning. Papers by: Jadwiga Smith, Lawrence Kimmel, Alira Ashvo-Munoz, William D. Melaney, Imafedia Okhamafe, Michel Dion, Franck Dalmas, Ludmila Molodkina, Victor Gerald Rivas, Rebecca M. Painter, Matti Itkonen, Raymond J. Wilson III, Christopher S. Schreiner, Bruce Ross, Bernadette Prochaska, Tsung-I Dow, Jerre Collins, Cezary Jozef Olbromski, Victor Kocay, Roberto Verolini.
flight on the Sunday after the quake, and even after more flights over the
following ten days he and the others hadn't seen anything in the hinge zone—no
obvious scarps or linear traces in the earth or snow—to suggest a fault. Of course
, they ...
Author: Henry Fountain
In the bestselling tradition of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm, The Great Quake is a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in North American recorded history -- the 1964 Alaska earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island village of Chenega -- and the geologist who hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place. At 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake – the second most powerful in world history – struck the young state of Alaska. The violent shaking, followed by massive tsunamis, devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people. A day later, George Plafker, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived to investigate. His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics. In a compelling tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain combines history and science to bring the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail. With deep, on-the-ground reporting from Alaska, often in the company of George Plafker, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people -- and on science.
Two days ago I finished reading After The Quake, a book of short stories by my
favourite writer Haruki Murakami, all centered around the lives of Japanese
people following the previous most devastating earthquake to hit Japan in the
Author: Paul Broadhead
The day before Paul Broadhead was due to travel to Japan for the first time, an earthquake and tsunami rocked the North East coast of the country, killing thousands and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Undeterred, he flew out for a three week trip through a country coming to terms with devastating loss. Tremors is a personal account – sometimes funny, occasionally sad, but always eye-opening – of a gaijin in Japan, at a time when nothing is certain and everything is subject to change…
The Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
conducted a survey of about 6,000 students as part of its psychological
assistance program in the quake-battered areas. They found that six months after
the quake, the ...
Author: Adenrele Awotona
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Social Science
This volume examines lessons learned in reducing the impact of disasters on communities in China, Japan and other countries world-wide. Asia is the most disaster-prone continent. The 2012 data on natural disasters in 28 Asian countries, released by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Belgian-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters on December 11th, 2012 showed that, from 1950 to 2011, nine out of ten people affected by disasters globally were in Asia; that of the top five disasters that created the most damage in 2012, three were in China; that China led the list of most disasters in 2012; and, that China was the only “multi-hazard”-prone country. Similarly, the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake was the greatest known earthquake ever to have hit Japan and one of the five strongest ever recorded earthquakes in the world since 1900. Subsequently, the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts Boston organized a conference in November 2012 to survey the best practices in post-disaster rebuilding efforts in China and Japan. This edited book consists of selected papers from the proceedings of that event and previously invited contributions from leading scholars in post-disaster rebuilding in China, Japan and Namibia.
Because of the large size of this earthquake, the Japanese Meteorological
Agency played it safe and issued a tsunami warning just three minutes after the
quake was first detected by seismic sensors and its epicenter was determined to
Author: Bruce Parker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning much of human history, Bruce Parker, former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service, interweaves thrilling and often moving stories of unpredicted natural disaster with an accessible account of scientific discovery. The result is a compelling scientific journey, from ancient man's first crude tide predictions to today's advanced early warning ability based on the Global Ocean Observing System. It is a journey still underway, as we search for ways to predict tsunamis and rogue waves and critical aspects of El Niño and climate change caused by global warming.
2 After dismissing his Japanese servant and quickly inspecting his house, he put
on suitable “earthquake attire,” as he termed it, and went to see the damage
wrought by the quake. After wandering about, visiting friends, and having a free ...
Author: Arnold Genthe
Publisher: Courier Corporation
130 rare photos offer fascinating visual record of Chinatown before the great 1906 earthquake. Informative text traces history of Chinese in California.
Usually we use a hardwired intercom system in there, but that went down right
after the quake.” “So let's get on with it,” Jasper said, looking at Peterson. This
was met with radio silence. “Mr. Jeffries?” “Sorry, I thought I heard someone come
Author: Jack Douglas
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Rescue 9-1-1 In the fourth terrifying installment of Jack Douglas's six-part Quake, a daring rescue in a midtown hospital poses the deadliest risk of all—when the walls come tumbling down. . . Heading northward toward Columbus Circle, U.S. Attorney Nick Dykstra and FBI agent Hector Mendoza have blazed a desperate trail across the hellish ruins of what used to be Manhattan. Now they've reached the west-side hospital where Mendoza's wife Jana works as a nurse. The building appears to be stable. But deep within its darkened halls, chaos reigns. Most of the survivors are in panic mode. And the dedicated Jana refuses to abandon her patients. Her biggest concern: the children's wing. The youngest and most vulnerable of patients must be evacuated from the building immediately—before another wave of aftershocks brings the hospital crashing down around them. But time is running out. And the slightest tremor could bury them all alive. . . In the moment of truth, every man, woman, and child must come together—and conquer their fears—if they hope to survive the QUAKE. 14,600 Words
Industrialist G. P. Birla Passes Away On 5 March 2010 , noted 86 - years old
industrialist G. P. Birla died after suffering ... Some economists predicted a deep
impact on Chile's economy after the quake damaged its industrial and
Author: Edgar Thorpe
Publisher: Pearson Education India
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5 miles north of Seward , was flowing before the earthquake , but no water was
obtainable from it after the quake , perhaps owing to a broken casing . The water
surface in a second nearby well , which was 22 feet deep , was about 6 feet from
On day two after the quake, that team was converging on Port au Prince. Dr.
Karen Schneider, a pediatrician who worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in
Baltimore, was already on her way down to Haiti when the earthquake struck.
She had ...
Author: Arthur Fournier
Publisher: Diversion Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
VODOU SAINTS is an account of Dr. Arthur Fournier's travels through the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti. He shares lessons of life and death, courage and resilience as he joins with Haitians dealing with the aftermath of the world's largest natural disaster. The author recounts stories of the special care needed for patients with AIDS, and reveals a personal family tragedy that brings the story full circle. The work is arguably the most compelling series of insights on the human condition since Albert Camus' THE PLAGUE. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Project Medishare for Haiti, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all.
I worked nonstop for the week after the quake hit, contributing reports and
interviews from Chinatown and from black, low-income residents in the city's
Fillmore District, a neighborhood that had been overlooked by charitable groups
Author: Amy Alexander
Publisher: Beacon Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape. From the Rodney King riots to the racial inequities of the new digital media, Amy Alexander has chronicled the biggest race and class stories of the modern era in American journalism. Beginning in the bare-knuckled newsrooms of 1980s San Francisco, her career spans a period of industry-wide economic collapse and tremendous national demographic changes. Despite reporting in some of the country’s most diverse cities, including San Francisco, Boston, and Miami, Alexander consistently encountered a stubbornly white, male press corps and a surprising lack of news concerning the ethnic communities in these multicultural metropolises. Driven to shed light on the race and class struggles taking place in the United States, Alexander embarked on a rollercoaster career marked by cultural conflicts within newsrooms. Along the way, her identity as a black woman journalist changed dramatically, an evolution that coincided with sweeping changes in the media industry and the advent of the Internet. Armed with census data and news-industry demographic research, Alexander explains how the so-called New Media is reenacting Old Media’s biases. She argues that the idea of newsroom diversity—at best an afterthought in good economic times—has all but fallen off the table as the industry fights for its economic life, a dynamic that will ultimately speed the demise of venerable news outlets. Moreover, for the shrinking number of journalists of color who currently work at big news organizations, the lingering ethos of having to be “twice as good” as their white counterparts continues; it is a reality that threatens to stifle another generation of practitioners from “non-traditional” backgrounds. In this hard-hitting account, Alexander evaluates her own career in the context of the continually evolving story of America’s growing ethnic populations and the homogenous newsrooms producing our nation’s too often monochromatic coverage. This veteran journalist examines the major news stories that were entrenched in the great race debate of the past three decades, stories like those of Elián González, Janet Cooke, Jayson Blair, Tavis Smiley, the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and the election of Barack Obama. Uncovering Race offers sharp analysis of how race, gender, and class come to bear on newsrooms, and takes aim at mainstream media’s failure to successfully cover a browner, younger nation—a failure that Alexander argues is speeding news organizations’ demise faster than the Internet.
Seven months after the quake—four after the donors' conference and two after
the formation of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission—less than 2 percent of
the rubble had been cleared. A measly 13,000 temporary shelters had been built,
Author: Jonathan M. Katz
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. In this visceral, authoritative first-hand account, Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nation in need. More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a monumental response totaling $16.3 billion in pledges. But three years later the relief effort has foundered. It's most basic promises—to build safer housing for the homeless, alleviate severe poverty, and strengthen Haiti to face future disasters—remain unfulfilled. The Big Truck That Went By presents a sharp critique of international aid that defies today's conventional wisdom; that the way wealthy countries give aid makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter." With coverage of Bill Clinton, who came to help lead the reconstruction; movie-star aid worker Sean Penn; Wyclef Jean; Haiti's leaders and people alike, Katz weaves a complex, darkly funny, and unexpected portrait of one of the world's most fascinating countries. The Big Truck That Went By is not only a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, but of the world we live in today.
In phase 1 (24 hours after the quake), the triage waiting time was 78 minutes. The
waiting time for pediatric subspecialty consultation was 3.5 hours. There was an
additional 7.5-hour delay before operation. In phase 2 (24-72 hours after the ...
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After the quake and fires were over, neighbors in Mano worked together to set up
a series of NPOs and umbrella institutions that would organize their demands on
city authorities and coordinate their efforts. Among other endeavors, residents ...
Author: Daniel P. Aldrich
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Social Science
The factor that makes some communities rebound quickly from disasters while others fall apart: “A fascinating book on an important topic.”—E.L. Hirsch, in Choice Each year, natural disasters threaten the strength and stability of communities worldwide. Yet responses to the challenges of recovery vary greatly and in ways that aren’t explained by the magnitude of the catastrophe or the amount of aid provided by national governments or the international community. The difference between resilience and disrepair, as Daniel P. Aldrich shows, lies in the depth of communities’ social capital. Building Resilience highlights the critical role of social capital in the ability of a community to withstand disaster and rebuild both the infrastructure and the ties that are at the foundation of any community. Aldrich examines the post-disaster responses of four distinct communities—Tokyo following the 1923 earthquake, Kobe after the 1995 earthquake, Tamil Nadu after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and New Orleans post-Katrina—and finds that those with robust social networks were better able to coordinate recovery. In addition to quickly disseminating information and financial and physical assistance, communities with an abundance of social capital were able to minimize the migration of people and valuable resources out of the area. With governments increasingly overstretched and natural disasters likely to increase in frequency and intensity, a thorough understanding of what contributes to efficient reconstruction is more important than ever. Building Resilience underscores a critical component of an effective response.
But in the years after the Civil War, the port's commercial prospects began to
wane. In the 1880s, railroads crisscrossed the region, bringing crops overland to
markets in the north and eclipsing Charleston altogether. When the quake struck,
Author: Ted Steinberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
As the waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain began to pour into New Orleans, people began asking the big question--could any of this have been avoided? How much of the damage from Hurricane Katrina was bad luck, and how much was poor city planning? Steinberg's Acts of God is a provocative history of natural disasters in the United States. This revised edition features a new chapter analyzing the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, a disaster Steinberg warned could happen when the book first was published. Focusing on America's worst natural disasters, Steinberg argues that it is wrong to see these tragedies as random outbursts of nature's violence or expressions of divine judgment. He reveals how the decisions of business leaders and government officials have paved the way for the greater losses of life and property, especially among those least able to withstand such blows--America's poor, elderly, and minorities. Seeing nature or God as the primary culprit, Steinberg explains, has helped to hide the fact that some Americans are simply better able to protect themselves from the violence of nature than others. In the face of revelations about how the federal government mishandled the Katrina calamity, this book is a must-read before further wind and water sweep away more lives. Acts of God is a call to action that needs desperately to be heard.
Farmers had freed these animals because they were unable to feed and take
care of them after the quake. Some of the animals were searching for food in
garbage dumps. The Humane Society rescue team brought food and medicine to
Author: Joyce Markovics
Publisher: Bearport Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Describes the rescue efforts involved in saving the lives of animals affected by an earthquake, including puppies, farm animals, and pandas.
But if any sinful soul is saved during a moment of repentance, without evil, then
also is their spirit saved since their body becomes free from sin, as my very own
blood overflows them, well covering any future sinfulness from God's sight. 13
Author: Daniel F. Owsley
Read about the other people that arose from the dead when Christ did: According to an acient letter the dead appeared to be rising again, as the Jews themselves bore witness and said it was Abraham, Issac, and Jacob; as well as Moses, Job and the twelve patriarchs of Zion: Judah, Dan, and Gilead, along with Asher, Issachar, and Zebulun. Even Mannasseh and Naphtal were seen. Still other witnesses also claimed that they saw Noah, Isaiah, and Adam, as well as many women like Naiomi, Ruth and Eve. Neither was Baalam, Samson or Delilah left out of that incredible number of delighted risen dead. And Pontius continued writing:: “And all of those had died before, as they say, up to five thousand five hundred years earlier. And there were very many whom I myself saw appearing in the body, and they made great lamentations over the Jews, because of their great transgression of killing Christ, and because of the destruction of the Jews, and of their law.