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Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro

Format:  Paperback,

224 pages

Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi

Publish Date: Mar 2008

ISBN-13: 9781934110621

ISBN-10: 1934110620

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"Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro" collects nineteen interviews, conducted over the past two decades on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, with the author of Booker Prize-winning "The Remains of the Day." The interviews collectively address the entirety of this literary artist's career, affording readers of Ishiguro (b. 1954) the most vivid portrait yet of contexts and influences behind novels that have been garnering awards for a quarter-century. The interviews focus on the author's six novels--"A Pale View of Hills," "An Artist of the Floating World," "The Remains of the Day," "The Unconsoled," "When We Were Orphans," and "Never Let Me Go"--but also treat his short fiction, screenplays, and film adaptations of his novels. The writer's evolving understanding of himself, his Japanese heritage, and his use of English and Japanese history are also discussed at length.

Though readers might expect Ishiguro to be reticent, given the nature of his protagonists, his responses are full, thoughtful, and frequently witty. The volume includes interviews from British, French, and American periodicals, a conversation between Ishiguro and acclaimed Japanese novelist Kenzaburo Oe, and a new interview conducted with the book's editors.

Brian W. Shaffer is professor of English and dean of academic affairs for faculty development at Rhodes College. He is the author of "The Blinding Torch: Modern British Fiction and the Discourse of Civilization" and "Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro," among other works. Cynthia F. Wong is associate professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the author of "Writers and Their Work: Kazuo Ishiguro."

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Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
Publish Date: Mar 2008
ISBN-13: 9781934110621
ISBN-10: 1934110620
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.78
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Ishiguro, Kazuo

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan on November 8, 1954. In 1960, his family moved to England. He received a Bachelor's degree in English and philosophy from the University of Kent in 1978 and a Master's degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, received the Winifred Holtby Award from the Royal Society of Literature.

His second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, received the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1986. His third novel, The Remains of the Day, won the 1989 Booker Prize, and was the basis of an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name that starred Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. His other works include The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans, and Never Let Me Go. He was awarded the OBE in 1995 for services to literature and the Chevalier de l'Ordre de's Arts et de's Lettres by the French government in 1998.

Chapter outline

Introductionp. vii
Chronologyp. xiii
An Interview with Kazuo Ishigurop. 3
In Conversation with Kazuo Ishigurop. 15
Interview: David Sexton Meets Kazuo Ishigurop. 27
Shorts: Kazuo Ishigurop. 35
Ishiguro in Torontop. 42
The Novelist in Today's World: A Conversationp. 52
An Interview with Kazuo Ishigurop. 66
Don Swaim Interviews Kazuo Ishigurop. 89
Kazuo Ishiguro with Maya Jaggip. 110
Chaos as Metaphor: An Interview with Kazuo Ishigurop. 120
Rooted in a Small Space: An Interview with Kazuo Ishigurop. 125
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Sorbonne Lecturep. 135
Kazuo Ishigurop. 156
An Interview with Kazuo Ishigurop. 161
Like Idealism Is to the Intellect: An Interview with Kazuo Ishigurop. 174
Kazuo Ishigurop. 189
Never Let Me Go: A Profile of Kazuo Ishigurop. 194
Interview with Kazuo Ishigurop. 199
A Conversation about Life and Art with Kazuo Ishigurop. 204
Indexp. 221

Book description

Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro collects nineteen interviews, conducted over the past two decades on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, with the author of Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day. The interviews collectively address the entirety of this literary artist's career, affording readers of Ishiguro (b. 1954) the most vivid portrait yet of contexts and influences behind novels that have been garnering awards for a quarter-century.

The interviews focus on the author's six novels-- A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans, and Never Let Me Go--but also treat his short fiction, screenplays, and film adaptations of his novels. The writer's evolving understanding of himself, his Japanese heritage, and his use of English and Japanese history are also discussed at length.

Though readers might expect Ishiguro to be reticent, given the nature of his protagonists, his responses are full, thoughtful, and frequently witty. The volume includes interviews from British, French, and American periodicals, a conversation between Ishiguro and acclaimed Japanese novelist Kenzaburo Oe, and a new interview conducted with the book's editors.

Brian W. Shaffer is professor of English and dean of academic affairs for faculty development at Rhodes College. He is the author of The Blinding Torch: Modern British Fiction and the Discourse of Civilization and Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro, among other works. Cynthia F. Wong is associate professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the author of Writers and Their Work: Kazuo Ishiguro.

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