Author: Shūichi Yoshida
Specifications: ISBN  978-4344405158
309 pages
10.0 x 15.0 cm / 4.0 x 6.0 in (WxH)
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Gentosha Inc.
Tokyo, 2002
Agents: Bureau des Copyrights Francais
Awards: Yamamoto Shugoro Prize, 2002
Translations: French, English
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Country Languages Publisher Title ISBN Translator Affiliate Link
France French Edition Philippe Picquier Parade 978-2809701500 Gérard Siary et Mieko Nakajima-Siary
United Kingdom English Harvill Secker Parade 978-2877309622 Philip Gabriel
United States English Vintage Books Parade 978-0307454935 Philip Gabriel
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The author's first full-length novel, the story is set in a suburban Tokyo three-room condo—two bedrooms plus the living-dining-kitchen space—where five young people ranging in age from 18 to 28 form a curious group of cohabitants. Ryosuke, a 21-year-old male, is a completely unmotivated student. Kotomi, 23, is an aspiring actress who is unemployed in spite of her stunning good looks; she pines after her young actor boyfriend, who is busy enjoying his first taste of success. Mirai, 24, is a struggling illustrator and general store manager who likes her liquor. Satoru, 18, the most recent arrival, is a male prostitute who keeps to himself and watches the others from the sidelines. Naoki, 28, is the homeowner. A salaryman who works for an independent film distributor, he has a habit of saying strange things in his sleep. There are no romantic relationships among the five; they have achieved a comfortable level of familiarity without excessive prying, and a subtle sort of affection and friendship has developed among them, but they are in fact living together without knowing very much about each other. The story is told in five chapters, with the point of view switching from one character to the next, revealing in its course the background of how this pseudo-family came into being, and also telling of a series of assaults that are taking place in the neighborhood. In the shocking conclusion, it comes out that the man who has generously opened his home to the four drifters has been assaulting women he encounters on his daily jogs. The work demonstrated the author's mastery of his craft and gave his career a significant boost with its incisive examination of the distances that separate us from each other.

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