Parade by Shūichi Yoshida
Described as “a novelist of truly international stature” by The Times, Shūichi Yoshida’s novel, Parade, is a fantastic insight into contemporary urban anxiety.
Parade, (available here: on Amazon), covers the stories of four twenty-somethings who share an apartment in Tokyo. Each character has their own problems and ambitions. Things take an awkward turn when Satoru, a mysterious, homeless 18 year old enters their apartment and disturbs their friendship balance.
Strange things are happening in the next-door apartment and the area around their flat is immersed in an air of violence. From the writer of the cult classic Villain, Parade is a tense, disturbing, thrilling tale of life in the city.
The varying ages and personalities of the characters make this novel a valuable insight into the marginalised, modern and young section of Japanese urban society.
Underlying the novel is a kind of paranoia, a sense that we don’t really know much about the people closest to us in our daily lives. This feeling is enhanced by the easy-going attitudes of the roommates and the slow realisation that they are not really presenting their true identities and we should not accept everything we hear at face value.