Underground is an account of the Tokyo subway gas attack in 1995, in which 12 people died, as told to Murakami by the survivors and the Aum cult members responsible for carrying out such an outrage.

ISBN: 9780099461098 Author: Murakami, Haruki Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 4th September 2003 Imprint: Vintage Cover: Paperback Dewey: 364.10952135 (edition:21) Pages: 309 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

In spite of the perpetrators’ intentions, the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead, but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after-effects. Murakami interviews the victims to try and establish precisely what happened on the subway that day. He also interviews members and ex-members of the doomsdays cult responsible, in the hope that they might be able to explain the reason for the attack and how it was that their guru instilled such devotion in his followers.

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