August (Actual) Bonus Review: Underground

A terrorist attack, a country's psyche, and text that speaks to 2020

The crime

On March 20, 1995 members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult released sarin into the Tokyo subway system. “In an attempt to discover why,” says the back of Haruki Murakami’s Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, “Murakami talks to the people who lived through the catastrophe. …As he discerns the fundamental issues that led to the at…

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