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Nocturnes - Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
  

Nocturnes - Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

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Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2010.

A beautiful book of short stories from The Remains of the Day author. All centring around love, this collection of five stories have different settings and characters all equal in charm and wisdom.

May 2010 Guest Editor John Boyne on Kazuo Ishiguro...

I have great admiration for the elegance of Ishiguro’s sentences. In each novel there is a precision and thoughtfulness to the language which suggests a writer completely in control of his craft.

If you like Kazuo Ishiguro you might also like to read books by Angela Carter, Justin Cartwright and Michael Ondaatje.

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Nocturnes - Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

In a sublime story cycle, 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.

Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLERA New York Times Notable Book

A fine and moving collection of stories, displaying [Ishiguro's] unique combination of the sad, the stoic and the consoling. It's about failure, but it dignifies failure, and with it, the human condition. There is nobody like him. - Margaret Drabble, The Guardian Books of the Year

Each of these stories is heartbreaking in its own way, but some have moments of great comedy, and they all require a level of attention that, typically, Ishiguro's writing rewards. - The Observer An amusing read, at times very funny.... There are a number of scenes in Nocturnes that are almost worth the price of admission on their own.

- The Globe and Mail

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About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro

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.

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Publication date

18th March 2010

Author

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Publisher

Faber and Faber

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571245000

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