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Book The Unconsoled

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2012-09-05
  • ISBN : 030776415X
  • Pages : 546 pages

Download or read book The Unconsoled written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2012-09-05 with total page 546 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the universally acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day comes a mesmerizing novel of completely unexpected mood and matter--a seamless, fictional universe, both wholly unrecognizable and familiar. When the public, day-to-day reality of a renowned pianist takes on a life of its own, he finds himself traversing landscapes that are by turns eerie, comical, and strangely malleable.

Book The Unconsoled

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release : 2009-01-08
  • ISBN : 0571249361
  • Pages : 629 pages

Download or read book The Unconsoled written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Faber & Faber. This book was released on 2009-01-08 with total page 629 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: *Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel Klara and the Sun is now available * Ryder, a renowned pianist, arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give . . . On first publication in 1995, The Unconsoled was met in some quarters with bewilderment and vilification, in others with the highest praise. One commentator asked, 'Has Ishiguro gone for greatness or has he gone mad?' Over the years, this uniquely strange and extraordinary novel about a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control has come to be seen by many as being the key work and a turning point in his career. 'A masterpiece. It is above all a book devoted to the human heart.' Rachel Cusk, The Times 'The most original and remarkable book he has so far produced.' New York Times Book Review 'One of the strangest books in memory.' TLS 'I've never read a book like it. I think it is a masterpiece.' John Carey, The Late Show

Book The Unconsoled

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release : 2015-03-03
  • ISBN : 0307367703
  • Pages : 544 pages

Download or read book The Unconsoled written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage Canada. This book was released on 2015-03-03 with total page 544 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the universally acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day comes a mesmerizing novel of completely unexpected mood and matter--a seamless, fictional universe, both wholly unrecognizable and familiar. When the public, day-to-day reality of a renowned pianist takes on a life of its own, he finds himself traversing landscapes that are by turns eerie, comical, and strangely malleable.

Book When We Were Orphans

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  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2001-01-16
  • ISBN : 0375412654
  • Pages : 481 pages

Download or read book When We Were Orphans written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2001-01-16 with total page 481 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes this stunning work of soaring imagination. Born in early twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents' alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own painful past, only to find that war is ravaging Shanghai beyond recognition—and that his own recollections are proving as difficult to trust as the people around him. Masterful, suspenseful and psychologically acute, When We Were Orphans offers a profound meditation on the shifting quality of memory, and the possibility of avenging one’s past.

Book Nocturnes

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  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2009-09-22
  • ISBN : 0307273083
  • Pages : 241 pages

Download or read book Nocturnes written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2009-09-22 with total page 241 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning 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.

Book Never Let Me Go

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  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release : 2009-03-19
  • ISBN : 0307371336
  • Pages : 274 pages

Download or read book Never Let Me Go written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage Canada. This book was released on 2009-03-19 with total page 274 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: NOBEL PRIZE WINNER • The moving, suspenseful, beautifully atmospheric modern classic from the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and Klara and the Sun—“a Gothic tour de force" (The New York Times) with an extraordinary twist. “Brilliantly executed.” —Margaret Atwood “A page-turner and a heartbreaker.” —TIME “Masterly.” —Sunday Times 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 special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

Book Middleshade Road

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  • Author : Matt Gemmell
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2022-02-15
  • ISBN : 9781916265233
  • Pages : 408 pages

Download or read book Middleshade Road written by Matt Gemmell and published by . This book was released on 2022-02-15 with total page 408 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: PALE HOUSE HAS AWOKEN When Dair Lewis receives a call telling him of his estranged mother's death, he must travel back to his childhood home in the far north of Scotland, the sprawling and shadowy Pale House. Drawn into a mystery regarding the circumstances of her passing, Lewis begins to suspect that something is terribly wrong with the house. A secret from the years after he left, and traumatic experiences he'd repressed from earlier in his life, made his former home a place of dread for him - and now the past has come alive within its walls. As Lewis digs deeper, the house calls out to a damaged and twisted figure bent on murder, drawing a monster into its shifting, labyrinthine expanse. Trapped in a dark and living museum of his own worst memories, Lewis must fight to stay alive long enough to discover the truth about the house at the end of Middleshade Road.

Book The Remains of the Day

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  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2010-07-15
  • ISBN : 0307576183
  • Pages : 258 pages

Download or read book The Remains of the Day written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2010-07-15 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: BOOKER PRIZE WINNER • From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is “an intricate and dazzling novel” (The New York Times) about the perfect butler and his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of a butler named Stevens. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.

Book The Man Who Saw Everything

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  • Author : Deborah Levy
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2019-10-15
  • ISBN : 1632869861
  • Pages : 211 pages

Download or read book The Man Who Saw Everything written by Deborah Levy and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2019-10-15 with total page 211 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Longlisted for the Booker Prize Named a Best Book of the Year By: The New York Times Book Review (Notable Books of the Year) * The New York Public Library * The Washington Post * Time.com * The New York Times Critics' (Parul Seghal's Top Books of the Year) * St. Louis Post Dispatch * Apple * Publisher's Weekly An electrifying novel about beauty, envy, and carelessness from Deborah Levy, author of the Booker Prize finalists Hot Milk and Swimming Home. It is 1988 and Saul Adler, a narcissistic young historian, has been invited to Communist East Berlin to do research; in exchange, he must publish a favorable essay about the German Democratic Republic. As a gift for his translator's sister, a Beatles fanatic who will be his host, Saul's girlfriend will shoot a photograph of him standing in the crosswalk on Abbey Road, an homage to the famous album cover. As he waits for her to arrive, he is grazed by an oncoming car, which changes the trajectory of his life. The Man Who Saw Everything is about the difficulty of seeing ourselves and others clearly. It greets the specters that come back to haunt old and new love, previous and current incarnations of Europe, conscious and unconscious transgressions, and real and imagined betrayals, while investigating the cyclic nature of history and its reinvention by people in power. Here, Levy traverses the vast reaches of the human imagination while artfully blurring sexual and political binaries-feminine and masculine, East and West, past and present--to reveal the full spectrum of our world.

Book The Buried Giant

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2015-03-03
  • ISBN : 0385353227
  • Pages : 283 pages

Download or read book The Buried Giant written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2015-03-03 with total page 283 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize–winning 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.

Book Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro

Download or read book Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 2008 with total page 244 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Nineteen interviews conducted over the past two decades on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond with the author of the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day

Book My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

Download or read book My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Knopf. This book was released on 2017-12-12 with total page 28 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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 mean—what it will demand of us—to 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.

Book A Pale View of Hills

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2012-09-05
  • ISBN : 0307829073
  • Pages : 185 pages

Download or read book A Pale View of Hills written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2012-09-05 with total page 185 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning 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.

Book An Artist of the Floating World

Download or read book An Artist of the Floating World written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2012-09-05 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning 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 "floating world"—the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink—offer 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.

Book Two World Literature

Download or read book Two World Literature written by Rebecca Suter and published by University of Hawaii Press. This book was released on 2020-05-31 with total page 161 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this study, Rebecca Suter aims to complicate our understanding of world literature by examining the creative and critical deployment of cultural stereotypes in the early novels of Kazuo Ishiguro. “World literature” has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years: Aamir Mufti called it the result of “one-world thinking,” the legacy of an imperial system of cultural mapping from a unified perspective. Suter views Ishiguro’s fiction as an important alternative to this paradigm. Born in Japan, raised in the United Kingdom, and translated into a broad range of languages, Ishiguro has throughout his career consciously used his multiple cultural positioning to produce texts that look at broad human concerns in a significantly different way. Through a close reading of his early narrative strategies, Suter explains how Ishiguro has been able to create a “two-world literature” that addresses universal human concerns and avoids the pitfalls of the single, Western-centric perspective of “one-world vision.” Setting his first two novels, A Pale View of Hills (1982) and An Artist of the Floating World (1986), in a Japan explicitly used as a metaphor enabled Ishiguro to parody and subvert Western stereotypes about Japan, and by extension challenge the universality of Western values. This subversion was amplified in his third novel, The Remains of the Day (1989), which is perfectly legible through both English and Japanese cultural paradigms. Building on this subversion of stereotypes, Ishiguro’s early work investigates the complex relationship between social conditioning and agency, showing how characters’ behavior is related to their cultural heritage but cannot be reduced to it. This approach lies at the core of the author’s compelling portrayal of human experience in more recent works, such as Never Let Me Go (2005) and The Buried Giant (2015), which earned Ishiguro a global audience and a Nobel Prize. Deprived of the easy explanations of one-world thinking, readers of Ishiguro’s two-world literature are forced to appreciate the complexity of the interrelation of individual and collective identity, personal and historical memory, and influence and agency to gain a more nuanced, “two-world appreciation” of human experience.

Book Kazuo Ishiguro

    Book Details:
  • Author : Sebastian Groes
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2011-09-11
  • ISBN : 135030882X
  • Pages : 423 pages

Download or read book Kazuo Ishiguro written by Sebastian Groes and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2011-09-11 with total page 423 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the finest contemporary authors who possesses that increasingly rare distinction of being a writer who is both popular with the general reading public and well-respected within the academic community. Kazuo Ishiguro: New Critical Visions of the Novels presents eighteen fresh perspectives on the author's work that will appeal to those who read him for pleasure or for purposes of study. Established and rising critics reassess Ishiguro's works from the early 'Japanese' novels through to his short story cycle Nocturnes, paying particular attention to The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans and Never Let Me Go. They address universal themes such as history, memory and mortality, but also provide groundbreaking explorations of diverse areas ranging from the posthuman and 'minor literature' to ethics, science fiction and Ishiguro's musical imagination. Featuring an insightful interview with Ishiguro himself, this collection of essays constitutes a significant contribution to the appreciation of his novels, and forms a lively and nuanced constellation of critical enquiry. Preface by Brian W. Shaffer. Essays by: Jeannette Baxter, Caroline Bennett, Christine Berberich, Lydia R. Cooper, Sebastian Groes, Meghan Marie Hammond, Tim Jarvis, Barry Lewis, Liani Lochner, Christopher Ringrose, Victor Sage, Andy Sawyer, Motoyuki Shibata, Gerry Smyth, Krystyna Stamirowska, Motoko Sugano, Patricia Waugh, Alyn Webley.

Book Klara and the Sun

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2021-03-02
  • ISBN : 0593318188
  • Pages : 275 pages

Download or read book Klara and the Sun written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2021-03-02 with total page 275 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press). • A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick! Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?