Middle-aged, jaded and divorced, TV scriptwriter Harada returns one night to the dilapidated downtown district of Tokyo where he grew up. There, at the theatre, he meets a likable man who looks exactly like his long-dead father. And 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 had died so many years before.
‘Memorably uncanny the powerful mood of Strangers lingers well after its graceful, downbeat ending has passed.’ — Guardian
‘Restrained and moving what might have been a simple ghost story evolves into a psychologically acute portrait.’ — Daily Telegraph
A ghost story of the highest order. — David Mitchell, Independent on Sunday
Yamada has really hit the spot with this, his English-language debut sparsely written, beautifully atmospheric, wonderfully creepy.’ — Good Book Guide
‘A cerebral and haunting ghost story … Highly recommended.’ David Mitchell