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Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro Birth:

Kazuo Ishiguro was born on November 8, 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan.

Kazuo Ishiguro Background and Writing:

At the age of six, Kazuo Ishiguro moved with his family from Nagasaki, Japan to Guildford, Surrey, England where his father worked at the National Institute of Oceanography. Ishiguro studied English and Philosophy at the University of Kent, Canterbury, from which he graduated in 1978. He went on to earn his Masters in Creative Writing in 1980 and in 1982 became a British citizen.
In his first novel, An Artist of the Floating World (1986), Ishiguro explored the world of post World War II Japanese society. The novel, told from the perspective of former artist Masuji Ono, won the Whitbread Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Perhaps best known of Ishiguro's works is The Remains of the Day (1989), again a first person novel in which the reader is privy to the foibles of the narrator, this time an English butler in post-war England. The Remains of the Day won the Booker Prize and was then made into an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
In 2005, Ishiguro published Never Let Me Go, his sixth novel. Unique among Ishiguro's work for its elements of science fiction, Never Let Me Go is set in an English boarding school in the 1990s. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and TIME Magazine included it in its list of 100 best English language novels from 1923-2005.

Kazuo Ishiguro lives with his wife and daughter in London.

Kazuo Ishiguro's Novels:

  • A Pale View of Hills (1982)
  • An Artist of the Floating World (1986)
  • The Remains of the Day (1989)
  • The Unconsoled (1995)
  • When We Were Orphans (2000)
  • Never Let Me Go (2005)

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