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Kazuo Ishiguro - Author

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He attended the University of Kent and studied English Literature and Philosophy, and later enrolled in an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of the novels A Pale View of Hills (winner of the Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (winner of the 1986 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, and shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (winner of the 1989 Booker Prize) and When We Were Orphans (shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize and Whitbread Novel of the Year).

Kazuo Ishiguro's books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. The Remains of the Day became an international bestseller, with over a million copies sold in the English language alone, and was adapted into an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

In 1995 Ishiguro received an OBE for Services to Literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter. 

Featured books by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

A 2012 World Book Night selection. This title is winner of the Booker Prize. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside and into his past ...

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Other books by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Pale View of the Hills

A Pale View of the Hills

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Text in Arabic. In his highly-acclaimed debut, A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. Retreating into the past, she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki, when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war. But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko -- a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy -- the memories take on a disturbing cast.

Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. When Ray turns up to visit his old university friends Charlie and Emily, he's given a special task: to be so much his useless self that he makes Charlie look good by comparison. But Ray has his own buried feelings to contend with. Decades earlier, he and Emily would listen to jazz when they were alone, and now, as Sarah Vaughan sings through the speakers, he struggles to control everything the sound brings with it. In Kazuo Ishiguro's hands, a snapshot of domestic realism becomes a miniature masterpiece of memory and forgetting. Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.

The Unconsoled

The Unconsoled

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2019

Ryder, a renowned pianist, arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give. The story unfolds as Ryder is entangled in a web of appointments and promises which he cannot seem to remember, struggling to fulfill his commitments before Thursday night's performance, and frustrated with his inability to take control. As he traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical and always strangely malleable, as a dream might be he comes steadily to realize he is facing the most crucial performance of his life.

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2018

Text in Arabic. You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay... The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, The Buried Giant is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2018

Text in Arabic. Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances. Sent to live in England, he grows up to become a renowned detective and, more than twenty years later, returns to Shanghai, where the Sino-Japanese War is raging, to solve the mystery of the disappearances. The story is straightforward. Its telling is remarkable. Christopher's voice is controlled, detailed, and detached, its precision unsurprising in someone who has devoted his life to the examination of details and the rigors of objective thought. But within the layers of his narrative is slowly revealed what he can't, or won't, see: that his memory, despite what he wants to believe, is not unaffected by his childhood tragedies; that his powers of perception, the heralded clarity of his vision, can be blinding as well as enlightening; and that the simplest desires a child's for his parents, a man's for understanding may give rise to the most complicated truths.

Nocturnes

Nocturnes

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Text in Arabic. This is a 2009 collection of short fiction by Kazuo Ishiguro. After six novels, it is Ishiguro's first collection of short stories. As the subtitle suggests, each of the five stories focuses on music and musicians, and the close of day. They are stories that revolve around the relationship between music and human relationships, about hopeless romantic relationships that have reached their end, and the feelings of remorse and disappointment in life. Ishiguro uses music as a backdrop to the novel of these complex relationships of love and desire among humans. The famous international novelist cleverly puts his signature mark on each story as he famously does with his novels, with dialogues revealing the true nature of the characters, their quirks and habits, and their unattained aspirations and dreams.

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Text in Arabic. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country of England. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the Stevens past; a past that examines fascism, two world wars, and delves into the complexities of the unrealized love between a butler and a housekeeper. In this fascinating work, devoted to one of the pillars of modern English prose, Kazuo Ishiguro seeks to give an insiders view on British society through the voice of the narrator, Stevens, who understands the complexities of what goes on the behind closed doors of the elite through his service as a butler in one of the oldest aristocratic and political houses in England.

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 26/12/2017

The Nobel Lecture in Literature, delivered by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans) at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 7, 2017, in an elegant, clothbound edition. In their announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy recognized the emotional force of Kazuo Ishiguro's fiction and his mastery at uncovering our illusory sense of connection with the world. In the eloquent and candid lecture he delivered upon accepting the award, Ishiguro reflects on the way he was shaped by his upbringing, and on the turning points in his career';small scruffy moments . . . quiet, private sparks of revelation'that made him the writer he is today. With the same generous humanity that has graced his novels, Ishiguro here looks beyond himself, to the world that new generations of writers are taking on, and what it will meanwhat it will demand of usto make certain that literature remains not just alive, but essential. An enduring work on writing and becoming a writer, by one of the most accomplished novelists of our generation.

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2017

Delivered in Stockholm on 7 December 2017, My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is the lecture of the Nobel Laureate in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro. A generous and hugely insightful biographical sketch, it explores his relationship with Japan, reflections on his own novels and an insight into some of his inspirations, from the worlds of writing, music and film. Ending with a rallying call for the ongoing importance of literature in the world, it is a characteristically thoughtful and moving piece.

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2017

Delivered in Stockholm on 7 December 2017, My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is the lecture of the Nobel Laureate in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro. A generous and hugely insightful biographical sketch, it explores his relationship with Japan, reflections on his own novels and an insight into some of his inspirations, from the worlds of writing, music and film. Ending with a rallying call for the ongoing importance of literature in the world, it is a characteristically thoughtful and moving piece.

Pe cind eram orfani

Pe cind eram orfani

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2017

Desi lasa impresia ca a vrut sa scrie un roman politist traditional, al carui personaj principal (si narator) este Christopher Banks, celebru detectiv londonez din perioada interbelica si figura cunoscuta in cercurile mondene, Kazuo Ishiguro exploreaza cu ochi de arheolog trecutul, astfel incat trama psihologica si motivatiile detectivului submineaza in permanenta naratiunea politista. Pentru Christopher Banks, cautarea si gasirea parintilor sai, disparuti misterios in Shanghai in anii Primului Razboi Mondial, reprezinta cazul care ar trebui, teoretic, sa-i incununeze cariera de detectiv. Jurnal, confesiune, autoanaliza, romanul Pe cand eram orfani este, dincolo de infiltratiile ironice abundente, o emotionanta poveste despre dragoste si prietenie.

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro, Geoff Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of Never Let Me Go with a comprehensive study guide. Intended for individual study as well as class use, Geoff Barton's guide: - clearly introduces the context of the novel and its author; - examines in detail its themes, characters and structure; - looks at the novel in the author's own words, and at different critical receptions; - provides glossaries and test questions to prompt deeper thinking. In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at a seemingly idyllic school, Hailsham, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2017

Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of Never Let Me Go with a comprehensive study guide. Intended for individual study as well as class use, Geoff Barton's guide:- clearly introduces the context of the novel and its author;- examines in detail its themes, characters and structure;- looks at the novel in the author's own words, and at different critical receptions;- provides glossaries and test questions to prompt deeper thinking.In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at a seemingly idyllic school, Hailsham, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

*Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel Klara and the Sun is now available to preorder* Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 1948: Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War II, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.

lebego vilag muvesze

lebego vilag muvesze

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

1948 osze. Japan a II. vilaghaboru pusztitasa utan javaban epiti ujja varosait. Az emberek igyekeznek maguk mogott hagyni a vereseget, inkabb a jovore forditjak figyelmuket. Nem igy az egykor unnepelt, majd a haboru utan visszavonult festo, Ono Maszudzsi, aki kertje es haza gondozasaval, illetve ket lanyaval es unokajaval tolti az idejet. Kisebbik lanya kozelgo eljegyzese okan fajdalmas erovel tolakodnak elo egykori donteseinek s azok kovetkezmenyeinek emlekei. Vajon jol tette-e, hogy hutlen lett a gesak es teahazak lebego vilagahoz? Jo iranyt vett ezt kovetoen az elete? Nyugalmara sotet arnyat vetnek a mult megidezett esemenyeivel kapcsolatos gondolatai, es egyre tobb felkavaro kerdessel szembesiti onmagat fiatalkori gyarlosaga kapcsan. Ahogy bejarja emlekezete olykor bizonytalan labirintusat, sorra feltarulnak muveszi es emberi palyajanak donto epizodjai. Kazuo Ishiguro korai kotete lenyugozoen komplex lelektani regeny, melyben a mult es a jelen mesteri ugyesseggel egybeszott szalai mogott felsejlik az onaltatas es az igazsagra torekves orokke egymasnak feszulo kenyszere. A mu egyszerre emlekezteto es figyelmeztetes: mind a tarsadalomnak, mind az egyennek kepesnek kell lennie arra, hogy megbekeljen a mult hibaival, s ezaltal onmagaval. "e;Jo iro sok van - a jo regenyiro azonban igen ritka. Kazuo Ishiguro igazi ritkasag. Masodik regenye, A lebego vilag muvesze olyan muremek, mely szuntelenul megkoveteli az olvaso figyelmet, es arra tanitja, hogy erto figyelemmel olvasson."e; (The New York Times) Olvasson bele: Reszlet a konyvbol

Az eltemetett orias

Az eltemetett orias

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2016

Lelegzetelallitoan szep tortenet arrol, miert vagyunk feledni, es miert kell megis emlekezni.Nagyregenyt tart a kezeben az Olvaso, a szo legnemesebb ertelmeben. Kazuo Ishiguro, a japan szarmazasu brit regenyiro Az eltemetett orias-sal szimbolikus tortenetet ajandekozott a vilagirodalomnak, ami, mint minden nagy elodje, az elet es halal merlegen megmert emberi sorskalandrol mesel, helytallasrol vagy elbukasrol a huseg es arulas, haboru es beke, szerelem es baratsag probaiban.Az ido es a helyszin az Arthur kiraly halala utani Britannia: a britonok es szaszok kozt meg fennallo torekeny arthuri beke"e; utolso pillanatai. Axl es Beatrice, az idos hazaspar nagy utazasra indul halvanyan derengo emlekei nyomaban - hogy vegul sorsuk beteljesedhessek. Vandorutjukon sorra osszetalalkoznak a tobbi kulcsfiguraval: a kizokkent idot helyreutni szuletett szasz harcossal, Wistannal es tanitvanyaval, Edwinnel, majd az "e;arthuri beke"e; sotet titkat orzo Gawain lovaggal. Ok egyutt, ki-ki a maga okaival es celjaival, alakitjak ki a cselekmenyt, melynek vegkifejleteben vegre tisztan lathatova lesz mult es jovo.A tajak es helyszinek a csodas japan animacios filmek festmenyszeru hattereire emlekeztetnek, a tortenet lassu kibontasa es vegig fenntartott izgalma a szamitogepes kalandjatekok vilagat idezi. Ishiguro mesterfokon fuzi ossze a legnemesebb lirai egyszeruseggel elbeszelt tortenet szalait.Itt semmi nincs veletlen helyen vagy idoben, am ebben a kristalytiszta szerkezetben megis minden mindvegig, a regeny legutolso mondataig megorzi a maga titkos jelentoseget.

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