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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

Uriasul ingropat

Uriasul ingropat

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2015

La câtiva ani dupa moartea regelui Arthur, cel care i-a condus pe britoni la izbânda în fata saxonilor invadatori, capcaunii, dragonii si zânele înca aprind imaginatia oamenilor, într-o Anglie aflata în ruina. Dar cel putin au încetat razboaiele crunte care macinasera tara ani de-a rândul, întretinute de ura înversunata dintre cele doua popoare. Peste toate pare sa se fi pogorât ceata unei uitari stranii, iar trecutul se mai poate alcatui doar din zvonuri, presupuneri si crâmpeie de amintiri. Pe acest fundal, doi batrâni britoni, Axl si Beatrice, pe care îi leaga o îndelungata si trainica iubire, hotarasc sa plece în cautarea fiului lor de mult uitat. Pe drum îi întâlnesc pe iscusitul cavaler saxon Wistan, pe protejatul lui orfan si pe batrânul Sir Gawain, cavaler al lui Arthur, cautând fiecare sa-si îndeplineasca misiunea misterioasa, dar si sa dezlege itele propriului trecut neguros.

The Remains of the Day Faber Modern Classics

The Remains of the Day Faber Modern Classics

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

The Remains of the Day won the 1989 Booker Prize and cemented Kazuo Ishiguro's place as one of the world's greatest writers. David Lodge, chairman of the judges in 1989, said, it's a cunningly structured and beautifully paced performance . This is a haunting evocation of lost causes and lost love, and an elegy for England at a time of acute change. Ishiguro's work has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Stevens, the long-serving butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside, but also into his own past. Reflecting on his years of service, he must re-examine his life in the face of changing Britain, and question whether his dignity and properness have come at a greater cost to himself.

Buried Giant

Buried Giant

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day comes a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory. In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven't seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share. By turns savage, suspenseful, and intensely moving, The Buried Giant is a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.

The Unconsoled

The Unconsoled

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go Ryder, a renowned pianist, arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give. But then as he traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical - and always strangely malleable, as a dream might be - he comes steadily to realise he is facing the most crucial performance of his life. Ishiguro's extraordinary and original study of a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control was met on publication by consternation, vilification - and the highest praise.

An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2013

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War Two, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated artist, Masuji Ono, fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson; 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 career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity. If you enjoyed An Artist of the Floating World, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.

When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2013

By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go Shortlisted for the Booker Prize England, the 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Moving between inter-war London and Shanghai, When We Were Orphans is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue and the need to return.

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2012

In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and into his past . . . A haunting tale of lost causes and lost love, The Remains of the Day, winner of the Booker Prize, contains Ishiguro's now celebrated evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House - within its walls can be heard ever more distinct echoes of the violent upheavals spreading across Europe.

Pale View of Hills

Pale View of Hills

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day, here is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a novel where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.

Artist of the Floating World

Artist of the Floating World

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II. Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "e;floating world"e;the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drinkoffer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

This title is the 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 ...A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House, of lost causes and lost love.

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2010

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 skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, 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. If you enjoyed Never Let Me Go, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.

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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A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2010

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go In his highly acclaimed debut, 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 night 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.

Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

'It was our third time playing the Godfather theme since lunch...' In a sublime short story collection, Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time. From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the 'hush-hush floor' of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning. Gentle, intimate and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting theme: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life's romance, even as one gets older, relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede. If you enjoyed Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.

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