Kazuo Ishiguro: The Unconsoled

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  • Barry Lewis (University of Sunderland)

The Unconsoled (1995) is Kazuo Ishiguro's fourth novel. It appeared six years after The Remains of the Day, a book that was not only awarded the prestigious Booker Prize in 1989, but which had also been adapted by the Merchant-Ivory team and released as a major film in 1993 with Anthony Hopkins as Stevens and Emma Thompson as Miss Kenton. The success changed Ishiguro's life irrevocably as he now found his time increasingly divided between writing, promotional tours and a constant spate of interviews. Both public and critics eagerly awaited his next project, many of whom anticipated something similar to the fictions that had preceded it.

Yet, in many respects, The Unconsoled represents a radical …

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Lewis, Barry. "The Unconsoled". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2008
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