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Strangers

(2003)
A novel by

 
 
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 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?

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Yamada is amongst the best Japanese writers I have read." - Bret Easton Ellis

"Highly recommended. A cerebral and haunting ghost story, which completely wrong-footed me." - David Mitchell


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Hardback Editions

September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Strangers
Author(s): Taichi Yamada
ISBN: 1-932234-42-X / 978-1-932234-42-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vertical
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strangers
Author(s): Taichi Yamada
ISBN: 0-571-22437-7 / 978-0-571-22437-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strangers
Author(s): Taichi Yamada
ISBN: 0-571-22905-0 / 978-0-571-22905-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strangers
Author(s): Taichi Yamada
ISBN: 0-571-22436-9 / 978-0-571-22436-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


September 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Strangers
Author(s): Taichi Yamada
ISBN: 1-932234-03-9 / 978-1-932234-03-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vertical
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA