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A British novelist of Japanese origin, Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan on 8 November, 1954 and has received four Man Booker Prize nominations over the course of his career. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and a Masters in creative writing from the University of East Anglia.
He won the Man Booker for Remains of the Day in 1989 and his other bestselling books include Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant.
An acclaimed novel that is as startling as it is strange, Never Let Me Go imagines the lives of a group of students who grew up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by 31 year-old Kathy, the dark novel hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and also with the unexpected fate that she and her friends are set to face in the outside world. Kazuo Ishiguro has created a story of love, friendship and memory, although underset by a sense of the fragility of life.
A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day, is Never Let Me Go author Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life, lost causes and lost love between the wars in a great English house. Set in the 1950s, ageing and dignified butler Stevens embarks on a holiday that will take him deep into the countryside and his past. The novel is still highly regarded and regularly features high in a number of literary lists. Ishiguro's third novel, it was 1989's winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction and the film adaptation, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, was also nominated for many awards.
A finely crafted collection of five overlapping short stories from award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, Nocturnes acts as another opportunity for this talented author to emphasise the power of character in storytelling as his creations flit from one tale to another almost of their own volition. Driven by an almost dream-like narrative, this short-story cycle is touchingly beautiful in places and takes an evocative look at the way in which music can bring people together, but promise ideals that may never reflect reality. Elegantly crafted and compulsive reading, this is another hit from the author of such great novels as The Remains of the Day.