Kazuo Ishiguro

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  • Sebastian Groes (University of Roehampton)

Kazuo Ishiguro is an Anglo-Japanese writer born in Nagasaki, Japan, whose crowning achievement to date came with the critically-acclaimed and bestselling novel The Remains of the Day (1989), which was turned into an equally successful Hollywood movie starring Anthony Hopkins. He is one of the finest authors within a generation of outstanding British writers that comprises Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, A. S. Byatt, Margaret Drabble, Hanif Kureishi, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Graham Swift and Jeanette Winterson, emerging in the early 1980s. Ishiguro’s writing is characterised by unreliable first person narrators who generate a tension between irony and empathy, clearly defined narrative boundaries and self-imposed …

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Groes, Sebastian. "Kazuo Ishiguro". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 April 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2318, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Articles on Ishiguro's works

  1. A Pale View of Hills
  2. Never Let Me Go
  3. The Remains of the Day
  4. The Unconsoled

Related Groups

  1. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand