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Strangers by Taichi Yamada
  

Strangers

Literary Fiction   

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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.

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Strangers by Taichi Yamada

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.

Reviews

'A cerebral and haunting ghost story... Highly recommended.'
David Mitchell

'A memorably uncanny tapestry... The powerful mood of Strangers lingers long after its graceful, downbeat ending has passed.'
Guardian

'A disconcerting, yet deeply satisfying novel: a wonderful study of grief and isolation, a moving expression of our longing for things we have lost and are unable to have again.'
Daily Mail

'Quickly paced, intelligent and haunting.'
Bret Easton Ellis

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th January 2006

Author

Taichi Yamada

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Publisher

Faber And Faber

Format

Paperback (b Format)
208 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571224371

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