Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is a British novelist and screenwriter born in Nagasaki, Japan, on November 8, 1954. He moved to the United Kingdom with his family when he was five years old. Ishiguro is known for his themes of memory, time, and self-delusion, often exploring the past's impact on the present. Some of his most acclaimed works include 'The Remains of the Day,' which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and 'Never Let Me Go.' His novels have been translated into over 40 languages. In 2017, Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his contributions to modern English literature.

Books

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  1. 1. The Remains of the Day

    The novel is a poignant tale of an English butler, Stevens, who reflects on his life and career during a road trip through the English countryside. As he delves into his past, he reveals his unquestioning loyalty to his former employer, Lord Darlington, and his unexpressed love for the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. The narrative explores themes of dignity, duty, and regret, as Stevens comes to terms with his unquestioning devotion to his employer and the missed opportunities in his personal life.

  2. 2. Never Let Me Go

    The novel is a haunting tale of three friends, who grow up together at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they mature, they discover a dark secret about their school and the purpose of their existence, which is to become organ donors for the rest of society. The story is a profound exploration of what it means to be human, the morality of scientific innovation, and the heartbreaking reality of love and loss.

  3. 3. The Unconsoled

    The book follows a renowned pianist who arrives in a Central European city to give a concert. However, his time there becomes increasingly surreal and disjointed as he is pulled in different directions by the demands of the locals, his own past, and his responsibilities. The narrative explores themes of memory, time, and self-delusion, creating a dream-like atmosphere that blurs the lines between reality and illusion.

  4. 4. An Artist of the Floating World

    This novel is a historical narrative set in post-World War II Japan, focusing on an aging painter who grapples with his past as a propagandist for the imperialist movement. As he navigates the rapidly changing cultural landscape, he faces criticism and ostracism for his role in promoting Japan's militaristic past. The story explores themes of guilt, regret, and the struggle for redemption, offering a nuanced examination of the personal and societal consequences of war.

  5. 5. A Pale View of Hills

    "A Pale View of Hills" is a novel about a Japanese woman named Etsuko, who, after the suicide of her eldest daughter, reflects on her past in post-war Nagasaki. She recalls her friendship with Sachiko, a woman who plans to escape her miserable life by moving to America with her daughter Mariko. The narrative subtly explores themes of memory, guilt, and cultural dislocation while unveiling the complexities of human relationships and the haunting effects of the past on the present.

  6. 6. The Buried Giant

    In a mythical post-Arthurian Britain shrouded by a mist of collective amnesia, an elderly Briton couple, Axl and Beatrice, embark on a perilous journey to reunite with their estranged son. Their quest leads them through a landscape of fading memories, where they encounter knights, monks, and mythical creatures, all grappling with their own forgotten pasts. As they confront the remnants of a war between Saxons and Britons, the couple must also face the true nature of the mist and the buried giant it conceals, which holds the key to the fragile peace in their society. Their love and loyalty are tested as they delve into the depths of their own lost memories, revealing the power of forgetting and the cost of remembering.

  7. 7. Klara And The Sun

    The novel centers around Klara, an Artificial Friend with keen observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches the behavior of those who come in to browse, and those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. Set in a dystopian future, the story explores complex themes such as the nature of love, the ethics of artificial intelligence, and what it truly means to be human, all through the eyes of an AI protagonist yearning to understand the people she is meant to serve.