History - Murakami's 1Q84 - AtoZChallenge

'Robbing people of their actual history is the same as robbing them of part of themselves. It's a crime. Our memory is made up of our individual memories and our collective memories. The two are intimately linked. And history is our collective memory. If our collective memory is taken from us - is rewritten - we lose the ability to sustain our true selves.'

1Q84 also has instances of conveying a large chunk of history in a few, concise sentences.

'...1926 Czechoslovakia: The First World War had ended, and the country was freed from the long rule of the Hapsburg Dynasty. As they enjoyed the peaceful respite visiting central Europe, people drank Pilsner beer in cafes and manufactured handsome light machine guns. Two years earlier, in utter obscurity, Franz Kafka had left the world behind. Soon Hitler would come out of nowhere and gobble up this beautiful little country in the blink of an eye, but all the time no one knew what hardships lay in store for them. this may be the most important proposition revealed by history: "At the time, no one knew what was coming."'


Italicized text are excerpts from Murakami's 1Q84

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Murakami's 1Q84
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