Although this book was only published, just over ten years ago (1997-8), I think it deserves the title of lost treasure, because even amongst his most avid readers this book often gets missed. Now I must confess myself, that I only read it because I had already completed all this authors other works & like most of his fans, was chomping at the bit, with impatience for his new book to be published. So I ordered this book from my library. With trepidation I started it, & although it did take me awhile to get into the flow, as although I knew that this was a work by this author & I had adored all his novels to date, this wasn't just non-fiction, but about an horrific episode in the history of the writers homeland. But I carried on with the book, slowly realising that although a major part of the book was testimony from a wide range of individuals, the writer whose work I admired had their own personality writ large on every page, it was full of their humanity, the way they questioned life, their perception of the very world around them & its hidden magic. This book like this authors fictional novels, ask questions of you that haunt, long past the turning of the final page, in fact the turning of that final page, just makes you realise how many questions need answering & that's why in my original post on this book I said that on some level this fantastic lost treasure works as a moral compass, in a world, that could do with one & the book ..................Underground, Tokyo gas attack &the Japanese psyche by Haruki Murami. If you are an admirer of his works & have not read it, do so, if you've never read a book of his, nows your chance to do so.