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Kazuo Ishiguro

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.


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Kazuo Ishiguro Books

  • Never Let Me Go

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    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.

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  • The Remains of the Day

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    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.

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  • A Pale View of the Hills

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    In his highly-acclaimed debut, A Pale View of Hills, 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 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.
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  • Come Rain or Come Shine

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    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.
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  • My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    Product Code: BMAKR
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    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.
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  • A Pale View of Hills

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    Product Code: BFKKC
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    In this debut novel from acclaimed Booker Prize-winning Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go), post-war Japan serves as the haunting backdrop to a subtle story of memory, suicide, and psychological trauma. Etsuko lives alone in rural England, trying to come to terms with the recent suicide of her daughter, Keiko. A visit from her other daughter Niki sends Etsuko retreating into the depths of her memory. She finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki, when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the horrors of the bomb and World War Two. But when her thoughts turn to her strange friendship with Sachiko and Sachiko's daughter Mariko, the memories begin to take on a disturbing cast. As Etsuko examines her relationship with her daughters and struggles to cope with her guilt, the lines between the past and the present - between Etsuko's own daughter and Mariko, between reality and recollection - start to blur. Read the evocative and atmospheric novel that began Kazuo Ishiguro's illustrious literary career. Winner of the Winifred Holtby Prize in 1982, A Pale View of the Hills is still haunting readers decades later. If you enjoyed A Pale View of the Hills, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.
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  • Never Let Me Go

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible and stimulating new educational edition is intended equally for those studying independently, with a personal tutor, or in class. The guide covers: the context of the novel and its author; detailed examination of themes, characters and structure; a close look the novel in the author's own words, and at different critical receptions; and glossaries and test questions designed 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 skewered 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.
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  • An Artist of the Floating World

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    It is 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 house repairs, 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.
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  • The Buried Giant

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    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.
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  • The Remains of the Day

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    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.
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  • The Unconsoled

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    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 study of a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control was met on publication by consternation, vilification - and the highest praise.
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  • When We Were Orphans

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    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. Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, "When We Were Orphans" is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue and the need to return.
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  • An Artist of the Floating World

    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    It is 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 house repairs, 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.
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  • The Remains of the Day

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    Product Code: AFEPQ
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    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.
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  • Nocturnes

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    Product Code: AAAGD
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    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.

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