Architecture in Contemporary Literature

Between Appearance and Reality ‘After Dark’

Author(s): Büşra Nur Başböğer * .

Pp: 127-135 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815165166123010017

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


In this article, written on the basis of Haruki Murakami's work “After Dark”, along with the architectural layout, the author's living environment, what he wants to present to the reader, original views, new perceptions of life, and features of the period are examined from many angles. The main goal is to make sense of the identity of Dark and its relationship with architecture. It is a work in which the transformations of space can be examined by personal and social habits, acceptance after dark, and the effect of lifestyle on architecture. In this study, the work was first analyzed with the effects of postmodernism from a spatial perspective. Modernity, and postmodernity discourses have an important place in order to be able to respond to discussions about making sense of the transformations witnessed on Earth through Japan. Standing out from the age of Enlightenment, modernism has spread across all stakes of social structures, such as economical structure, cultural processes, and political life, and has taken a primary role in shaping the social structure until the 20th century. The discourse “postmodern” has taken its place in academic discussions of the social structure, which has been reshaped by the development of communication and transportation technology after the second half of the 20th century. These perspectives on urban discourse and the role they play in the organization of urban space constitute the main hypothesis of this study. It was thought that it would be useful to examine the transformations caused by modern and postmodern discourses in the social structure based on their reflection on urban space. In addition, the vitality of the characters has been added to the novel, where every detail is given to the reader, from the description of a place to their music. The vitality of the characters is an immersive work. After Dark became one of the rare works of the postmodern movement that can be studied in literature and architecture.

Keywords: Alphaville hotel, Architecture and literature, Contextualism, Entropic dystopia, Haruki murakami, Hyper-realism, Japanese literature, Japanese aesthetics, Modernism, Modernist utopia, Minimalism, Postmodernism, Structuralism, Symbolism, Skylark, Tokyo, Trans modern, The mega structure, Venitech office building.

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