In 1995, the Japanese city of Kobe suffered a massive earthquake. Nearly 6,000 people died. after the quake was the imaginative response from Japan's leading novelist, Haruki Murakami: six stories, each dealing not directly with the catastrophe but the wider seismic effect it had on the emotional lives of people many miles away. It became a catalyst for individuals to reassess their lives with unexpected consequences for themselves and their families and friends around them. "After the Quake" is Murakami's most popular short story collection. Haruki Murakami, the leading Japanese author, has a cult following, and all his fans have been waiting for the premiere recording of "After the Quake". Also, containing 4 CDs, it is an inexpensive introduction to Murakami.