After Dark (novel)
1st edition (Japanese)
Harvill Press (UK)
Alfred A. Knopf (US)
|Published in English||May 2007|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-307-26583-8 (US)
ISBN 1-84655-047-5 (UK)
Plot summary 
Alienation, a recurring motif in the works of Murakami, is the central theme in this novel set in metropolitan Tokyo over the course of one night. Main characters include Mari, a 19-year-old student, who is spending the night reading in a Denny's. There she meets Takahashi, a trombone-playing student who loves Curtis Fuller's "Five Spot After Dark" song on Blues-ette; Takahashi knows Mari's sister Eri and insists that the group of them have hung out before. Meanwhile, Eri is in a deep sleep.
Mari crosses ways with a retired female wrestler, now working as a manager in a love hotel (whom Takahashi knows and referred to Mari), a Chinese prostitute who has been beaten and stripped of everything in this same love hotel, and a sadistic computer expert. Parts of the story take place in a world between reality and dream.
The story is broken down in small chapters of varying length. An added element of interest—and perhaps a post-modern reference—is the fact that the book has a 'real-time' timeline, beginning at the early hours of the night.
References and sources 
- Comprehensive After Dark resource page
- New York Times review
- The Guardian review
- Strange Horizons review
- After Dark at the Internet Book List