Review of “The Second Bakery Attack” (1985)


Murakami Haruki (writer).

Read in 2020.

Read in Jay Rubin’s English translation.

A sequel to a story I have not read: A 1981 story that sounds like a more surreal “A Small, Good Thing” (1981). Appropriately, Murakami has translated Carver. Though the basic worldbuilding is that of a modern Japanese ghost story, involving a Buddhist-derived curse of sorts, there’s a gentleness to the magical realism that makes it palatable.

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