“Murakami’s Farewell to Despair,” by Lowry Pei

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Check out a recent essay on Haruki Murakami by Lowry Pei.  From Stewart:

When I was looking at models for The Circus Fire, I studied Murakami’s nonfiction account of the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Underground.

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Inferno Under The Big Top: Survivors Remember The Hartford Circus Fire

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Author Stewart O’Nan, who wrote the 2001 book The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy, and Mike Skidgell, whose new book, The Hartford Circus Fire, spoke to a standing room only crowd of more than 200 Sunday afternoon.

Circus Fire panel 2014

The stories of that steamy summer day are horrifying.

With the Big Top filled with people, animals and performers and the afternoon matinee underway, a fire started at one end of the massive tent and spread rapidly.

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