A short novel broadly categorised as historical fiction, An Artist of the Floating World is one of Kazuo Ishiguro’s most studied and discussed works. Like his first novel, A Pale View of Hills (1982), this second novel by Ishiguro is set in Japan and draws on the author’s Japanese heritage. Following the publication of An Artist of the Floating World in 1986, Ishiguro became regarded as an “internationalist” writer, alongside Salman Rushdie and Shiva Naipaul, at a time of growing interest in foreign-born writers with a British connection.
The story is narrated by Masuji Ono, an elderly, retired artist in Japan, writing what reads like a memoir over a period of two years, between …
Trimarco, Paola. "An Artist of the Floating World". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 December 2016
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