This is a modern Japanese ghost story with a twist which has a twist on its twist. It’s beautifully written, quite gentle – romantic – not scary, hypnotic, lyrical and highly recommended.
Comparison: Haruki Murakami, Ben Sherwood, Alice Hoffman.
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Middle-aged, jaded and divorced, TV scriptwriter Harada is forced to set up home in his office, situated in a high-rise apartment block overlooking Tokyo's busy Route 8. One night, nostalgic for his lost childhood, he decides to visit the entertainment district of Asakusa, the city's dilapidated old downtown area, and there, at the theatre, he meets a likeable man who looks exactly like his long-dead father.
So begins Harada's ordeal, as he's thrust into a reality where his parents appear to be alive at the exact age they had been when they died so many years before. Although they may be apparitions, he takes solace in seeing them, in spite of the damage it seems to do to his health. Can Kei, the mysteriously fragile neighbour with whom Harada begins a tentative relationship, save him from the ghosts of his past?
Evoking the literary verve and atmosphere of Paul Auster and Haruki Murakami, Strangers is a beautiful and moving story about memory, loss and the striving for human contact.
Closing date: 07/09/2018
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Publisher: Faber And Faber
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||5th January 2006|
|Publisher:||Faber And Faber|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
Taichi Yamada worked at the world-renowned Shochiku film studios until he set out on a highly successful career as a freelance scriptwriter and novelist. Winner of the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize for the best human-interest novel, Strangers is his English-language debut.More About Taichi Yamada