Kazuo Ishiguro

Sebastian Groes (University of Wolverhampton); Revised By: Jennifer Gray (Tennessee Technological University)
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Kazuo Ishiguro is an Anglo-Japanese writer born in Nagasaki, Japan, whose crowning achievement to date is 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 representational rules. He crafts a meticulously precise prose, and…

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Citation: Groes, Sebastian, Jennifer Gray. "Kazuo Ishiguro". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 April 2009; last revised 28 October 2022. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2318, accessed 01 December 2023.]

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