Murakami Haruki and the Ideology of Late-capitalist Japan: Learning How to <i>Dance Dance Dance <i>
Murakami Harukiâ€Ÿs sixth novel, Dance Dance Dance, while offering a direct critique ofÂ conditions in late-capitalist Japan, is also a work implicated in maintaining theÂ ideological mystifications of the age. At the same time, its underlying exploration ofÂ death undermines the simple idea that it is merely a work about the need to give upÂ private forms of therapy and to engage in public acts of commitment. Rather, it is aÂ transitionary work in Murakami's continued effort to seek both public expressions ofÂ commitment and a personal reconciliation with the finality of death.
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