Kazuo Ishiguro: A Pale View of Hills

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  • Barry Lewis (University of Sunderland)

Kazuo Ishiguro’s impressive first novel was published in 1982. It emerged following the MA in Creative Writing he took at the University of East Anglia between 1979 and 1980. Ishiguro published several short stories during this period and Robert McCrum, then editor at Faber and Faber, commissioned Ishiguro to write a full-length book. The result, A Pale View of Hills, explores in much greater depth some of the themes sketched in the short story “A Strange and Sometimes Sadness” (1980). It was received very favourably. Unusually, Ishiguro published a newspaper article in which he suggested that initial reviews of his novel were too respectful towards him, simply because he hailed from Nagasaki. His protests did not …

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Lewis, Barry. "A Pale View of Hills". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 February 2008
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