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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 ...

Other books by Kazuo Ishiguro

Come Rain or Come Shine Faber Stories

Come Rain or Come Shine Faber Stories

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

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.

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 With GCSE and A Level study guide

Never Let Me Go With GCSE and A Level study guide

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 30th anniversary edition

An Artist of the Floating World 30th anniversary edition

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

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.

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

The extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards - some strange and other-worldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

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.

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 ...

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.

Nocturnes

Nocturnes

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2009

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day comes an inspired sequence of stories as affecting as it is beautiful. With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them specialand how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2006

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.

When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2005

A masterful novel from one of the most admired writers of our time.Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.Within the layers of the narrative told in Christopher's precise, slightly detached voice are revealed what he can't, or wont, see: that the simplest desiresa child's for his parents, a man's for understandingmay give rise to the most complicated truths.A feat of narrative skill and soaring imagination, When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his brilliant best.Performed by John Lee

An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2001

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: 02/10/2000

England, 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. Now, as the world lurches towards total war, Banks realises the time has come for him to return to the city of his childhood and at last solve the mystery - that only by his doing so will civilisation be saved from the approaching catastrophe. Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, When We Were Orphans is a story of memory, intrigue and the need to return; of a childhood vision of the world surviving deep into adulthood, indelibly shaping and distorting a person's life. If you enjoyed When We Were Orphans, 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 / softback Release Date: 05/04/1999

'After all what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?' 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 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. The Remains of the Day is now available as a Faber Modern Classics edition.

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