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Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro, Kraków (Poland), October 29, 2005
Born: November 8, 1954 (age 52)
Nagasaki, Japan
Occupation(s): Novelist
Nationality: British
Writing period: 1982-present
Debut work(s): A Pale View of Hills

Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ Kazuo Ishiguro, originally 石黒一雄 Ishiguro Kazuo, born November 8, 1954) is a British author of Japanese origin. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and his family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia in 1980. He now lives in London with his wife and daughter. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Kazuo_Ishiguro_by_Kubik. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nagasaki (Japanese: 長崎市, Nagasaki-shi  , long peninsula) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... A Pale View of Hills (1982) is the first novel by award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nagasaki (Japanese: 長崎市, Nagasaki-shi  , long peninsula) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The University of Kent is a plate glass campus university in Kent, England. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus university located in Norwich, Norfolk, England, founded as part of the British Governments New Universities programme in the 1960s. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ...


He won the Whitbread Prize in 1986 for his second novel An Artist of the Floating World, and the Booker Prize in 1989 for his third, The Remains of the Day (ISBN 0-679-73172-5). The Whitbread Book Awards are among the United Kingdoms most prestigious literary awards. ... The problem of unreliable narration in The Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


His other novels include A Pale View of Hills, The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans, and his most recent book Never Let Me Go. The latter two books were both short-listed for the Booker Prize, with Never Let Me Go named the runner-up. A Pale View of Hills (1982) is the first novel by award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. ... The Unconsoled (1995) is a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


In 2005, Time Magazine released its list of the 100 greatest English language books since the magazine formed in 1923. Never Let Me Go was the most recently published book on the list. (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...

Literary characteristics

Ishiguro's novels share certain distinctive qualities. The chronology of his plotting can be varied and elaborate; the narration is often highly subjective; and he employs a delicate and historically accurate descriptive technique. His ability to capture the details and atmosphere of a period has received high praise.


A number of his novels are set in the past. (His most recent, Never Let Me Go, had science fiction qualities and a futuristic tone; however, the given time period is the late 1990s, and thus takes place in an alternate, though very similar, world). His fourth novel, The Unconsoled, takes place in an unnamed Central European city. The Remains of the Day is set in the large country house of an English lord, in the period leading up to, and the period after, the Second World War. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For the meaning in finance, see futures contract. ... Historical lands and provinces in Central Europe Central Europe is the central region of Europe. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...


An Artist of the Floating World is set in Ishiguro's home town of Nagasaki during the period of reconstruction following the detonation of the atomic bomb there in 1945. The narrator is forced to come to terms with his part in the Second World War. He finds himself blamed by the new generation who accuse him of being part of Japan's misguided foreign policy, and is forced to confront the ideals of the modern times as represented in his grandson. 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The novels are written in the first person point of view and the narrators often exhibit human failings. Ishiguro's technique is to allow these characters to reveal their flaws implicitly during the narrative. The author thus creates a sense of pathos by allowing the reader to see the narrator's flaws while being drawn into sympathy with him. That pathos is often derived from the narrator's actions, or, more often, inaction. In The Remains of the Day, the butler Stevens fails to act on his romantic feelings toward the housekeeper Miss Kenton because he fails to reconcile his sense of service and his personal life. ... In fiction, a narrator is a voice or character who tells the story. ... Look up Pathos in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The novels end without a sense of resolution. The issues his characters confront are buried in the past, and those issues remain unresolved. Thus Ishiguro ends many of his novels on a note of melancholic resignation, whereby his characters accept their past and who they have become, and find comfort in that realization by a relief from mental anguish.


Works

A Pale View of Hills (1982) is the first novel by award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. ... The problem of unreliable narration in The Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Unconsoled (1995) is a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Saddest Music in the World is a 2003 Canadian film directed by Guy Maddin. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The White Countess is a 2005 Merchant/Ivory film set in Shanghai in the 1930s. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Profile: Kazuo Ishiguro (3920 words)
Ishiguro, no great reader at this stage, says virtually the only contemporary writers he was aware of were Margaret Drabble and Edna O'Brien, although he later discovered, and was influenced by, other work from the period by VS Naipaul and JG Farrell.
Ishiguro's debut was narrated by a Japanese widow living in England, looking back over her life in post-war Nagasaki in the light of her daughter's recent suicide.
Ishiguro eventually gave up his day job late in 1982 when he was approached to write a screenplay for the BBC, The Gourmet, and A Profile of J Arthur Mason for Channel 4, which prefigured The Remains of the Day in featuring a butler.
Kazuo Ishiguro & A Pale View of Hills (4439 words)
Ishiguro writes in the first person, but from the beginning there are cracks in Christopher's carefully restrained prose, suggestions that his version of the world may not be the most reliable.
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on 8 November 1954 and moved with his parents to Guilford, Surrey, in 1960, where his father, an oceanographer, was to be temporarily employed by the British government.
Ishiguro has said that his initial interest in writing fiction was as a way of preserving memories of Japan that were beginning to fade, and he attributes his meteoric rise, in part, to his Japanese name and the Japanese subject matter in his first two novels.
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