UNDERGROUND: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, by Haruki Murakami. Translated by Alfred Birnbaum and Philip Gabriel. Random House, Vintage International; 366 pp., $14.

On Monday, March 20, 1995, Tokyo experienced a terrorist attack. Sarin gas was released in the subways. While many of the perpetrators — members of a religious cult named Aum Shinrikyo — are still undergoing trial, the everyday aftereffects of the attacks live on in the Japanese psyche — a kind of double violence of social stigmatization and posttraumatic stress disorder.

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