After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
I read After the Quake by Haruki Murakami in February 2016
In 1995 the Great Hanshin earthquake hit the city of Kobe and the surrounding regions. Over six thousand people died, more than a third of them from Kobe. Almost 400.000 buildings were destroyed by the earthquake. Japan was stunned, the stock market plummeted the next day.
Murakami’s short story collection, After the Quake revolves around Kobe and the earthquake. None of the six stories take place in the city of Kobe, but somehow the story is connected to Kobe and the earthquake. Some of the protagonists have friends or family in Kobe, others watch the quake on the news. Kobe binds the six stories together.