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  • ISBN 1932234039
  • ISBN13 978-1932234039
  • Language English
  • Author Wayne Lammers,Taichi Yamada
  • Publisher Vertical; 1st American Ed edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Pages 203
  • Formats doc txt lrf lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory History and Criticism
  • Size ePub 1271 kb
  • Size Fb2 1746 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 721

Set in the great human maelstrom of Tokyo, Strangers is a thinking man's ghost story. When Harada, a jaded TV scriptwriter, runs into his long-dead parents one night, he enters the womb of a city whose living inhabitants have perhaps lost their souls. Can Harada save his?

Taichi Yamada (Author), Wayne Lammers (Translator).

Taichi Yamada (Author), Wayne Lammers (Translator). Anthony Thwaite, Sunday Telegraph. As an exploration of the power of delusion, Strangers is not without interest.

Taichi Yamada's Strangers is a very efficient and chilling up-dating, to the 1980s (when it was written in. .Taichi Yamada, one of Japan's most successful scriptwriters, transformed the TV drama in his country and has authored several acclaimed novels

Anthony Thwaite, Sunday Telegraph. Taichi Yamada, one of Japan's most successful scriptwriters, transformed the TV drama in his country and has authored several acclaimed novels.

Strangers is a novel by Taichi Yamada, published in 1987. The English translation by Wayne Lammers was published in 2003. The Japanese original won the 1987 Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize for best human-interest novel. The English translation was one of sixteen works long-listed for the 2006 Foreign Fiction prize awarded by The Independent. Ijintachi to no natsu has also been translated into German as Sommer mit Fremden, French as Présences d'un été and Swedish as Främlingar (2009).

Taichi Yamada, Wayne Lammers (Translator). This was first time reading Taichi Yamada. This book struck me as very similar to Tomoyuki Hoshino's ME. Both authors are riffing off Haruki Murakami's brand of magical realism, but lack the startling charm of the pop phenom enfante terrible.

But only in the eyes of others. Outlet by Randy Taguchi, translated by Glynne Walley. Spiral by Koji Suzuki, translated by Glynne Walley. In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami, translated by Ralph McCarthy.

Strangers (Japanese title Ijintachi to no natsu 異人たちとの夏 Summer of the Strange People) is a novel by Taichi Yamada, published in 1987.

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Translated by Wayne Lammers. Strangers has also been made into a movie, Ijintachi to no Natsu (1988), directed by Obayashi Nobuhiko, and apparently released in the US under the titles The Discarnates and Summer Among the Zombies.

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Harada has been having a rough time. He lives virtually alone - a single apartment in a building primarily housing businesses. He's recently divorced and his 19-year-old son wants nothing to do with him. One day, Harada goes to Asakusa where he lived as a child, to wander the neighborhood where he lived when his parents were killed. A man looking a great deal like his deceased father invites him to his house where he meets the man's wife - who resembles his mother. Harada isn't sure if he's hallucinating, but he really doesn't care until Kei, the mysterious younger woman living in his building, begins to worry that his appearance is becoming more haggard every day...

A quick, ghostly tale. As some has mentioned, the translation is a bit odd in places. Overall, it was a riveting story of a lonely man longing for a lost past.
"Strangers" is a very diiferent kind of ghost story, full of the physchological, the metaphysical and the allegorical. The book's protagonist, Harada, is a recently-divorced writer for Japanese television, and a jaded and solitary character he is, to much more of an extent than he realizes. Although he's a very believable individual character, he also is something of a metaphor for some of the more unsettling trends in the world today. Subtly bitter over his divorce and having given up on the notion of romantic love, he's also allowed himself to drift apart from his son over the years to the point where they're practically strangers to one another. A very successful and very respected writer in his field - a position many would envy - he's become cynical and skeptical over his art and his profession for little apparant reason. Approached often with overtures of friendship both from within his line of work and from without - including a beautiful young woman named Kei who also lives in the appartment building he does (used mostly nowadays as rentals for daytime office space) he seems at best unaware of the admiration his younger co-workers have for him and his achievements, and at worst dismissive of these efforts at making friends - including that from the lonely and mysterious Kei - to the point of considering them impolite intrusions.

And then one day he walks into a nightclub and encounters the spitting image of his father - who died decades before, but not only looks and acts exactly the same but seems to recognize Harada and see nothing unusual about their bumping into each other this way. And through his father he also meets with his mother, who also died decades before.

Is Harada so disconnected with the world that his mind is inventing this new situation to have something to be a part of? Is he already so much removed from the land of the living that it's opened up some kind of doorway through which the dead can pass? Have his parents returned of their own volition to try and help their unfortunate, dysfunctional son learn to live again? Or are these entities even his true parents at all? Mysteries and possibilities abound, and as the book progresses more and more of them seem to involve Kei.

A spooky and engaging book that, for all the cynicism of its central figure, also brings the opposite set of emotions and viewpoints into excellent play, "Strangers" is a great addition to the library of any fan of horror, mystery, or even the social-commentary-through-character-study genre of literature. Great book!
The protagonist is a man with no family (parents dead) who has recently divorced. He has almost no routine ties with anyone, and discovers that only he and one other person live in his apartment building. There is a real sense of alienation -- aloneness -- in this book. Even when he is out in public, you feel that he might as well be in a universe of shadows. One day he goes back to visit his old neighborhood and discovers a nice, friendly couple who look like his parents did when they were alive. He is now 47, but this couple appear to be in their early 30's, just as he remembers his parents. He is very moved to find people that look so much like them, and begins to visit these people. The story goes from there. I had actually guessed the "surprise" denoument, but it was still well done. This book was not as "frightening" as it might have been, but succeeded very well in creating a sense of distance and coldness in this world. I recommend it for a cold evening by the fireplace, when the wind is blowing outside, and you want a story that is quite moody.
Strangers was a fast read, enjoyable and well worth the time. It was a perfect in-between book and by that I mean after reading a good sized novel and needing to get a new one to sink your teeth in - this book fits perfectly in-between the time you get that new tome. Not a masterpiece by any means, but at the end of the story i felt satisfied and had a soft smile on my face.
STRANGERS is a very unusual ghost story.What's unusual is the sheer normalcy of the ghosts.They look like regular living people and pretty much act that way .There's no haunting or haunted house here. The protagonist interacts with the ghosts as you would with living people.At first they seem essentially benign but gradually it becomes apparent that they are sapping the lead characters physical vitality.Near the end we also find out one of the ghosts is definitely up to no good.

The ghosts disappear near the end and that is no more explained than was their appearance in the first place.In many stories that would be irritating.Here, it's no problem.The ghosts are mostly a vehicle for exploring the psyche of the main character.(But let me be clear , this is not ambiguous TURN OF THE SCREW territory.These are definitely ghosts).Ghost story lovers should appreciate the novels ingenuity.Yet , those who aren't can enjoy it as a good portrait of a lonely alienated man in contemporary urban Japan.
This book Is one of my favorites. In the beginning is kinda of slow but It gets really good. I would recommend it to a friend
This is a small story, expertly told - with several nice twists to contravene the expectations for magical realism set early in the book.