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UK Publisher: Faber
US Publisher: HarperCollins

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.


‘Deeply satisfying. . . a wonderful study of grief and isolation.’ Daily Mail

‘A sharp, chilling contemporary ghost story.’ The Scotsman

‘Powerful.’ Guardian

‘Sexy, insightful and frequently funny.’ Irish Examiner

Born in Asakusa, Tokyo, Yamada attended Waseda University before entering the Shōchiku film studios, where he trained as an assistant...