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Japanese born author Kazuo Ishiguro is to be considered one of the finest and most accomplished writers of his generation. Haruki Murakami, another famous Japanese author, wrote of his contemporary:

I think Ishiguro's most outstanding feature is that all of his novels are so different; from one to the next, they are put together in different ways,

and point to different directions. In structure and style, each is clearly meant to stand apart from the others. Yet each bears Ishiguro's unmistakable imprint,

and forms a small yet wonderfully distinct universe in itself.

Murakami, H, 2009, 'On having a contemporary like Kazuo Ishiguro; translated by Ted Grossman, in Matthews, S, Groes, S, Kazuo Ishiguro: contemporary critical perspectives, Continuum, London


Library resources

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Criticism and interpretation

From the Contemporary Critical perspectives series:

  • Kazuo Ishiguro edited by Sean Matthews and Sebastian Groes; with a preface by Haruki Murakami

From the Writers and their Work series:


Study notes

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Never let me go:

The Remains of the Day


An artist in the floating world

Never Let me go:

Remains of the day





An Artist in a floating world

The Buried giant

Never let me go


  • Hitchins, Christopher, 2009, 'Fade to black', New York Times: Sunday Book Review, October 1.

A Pale view of hills

  • Refer to the article in eReserve for criticism and interpretation on this book. Reliable reviews, for Ishiguro's first published book are not available. (20/10/2015)

Remains of the day

The Unconsoled

Web resources

General resources:


Noble Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017 was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

  • Nobel Prize - Kazuo Ishiguro - Includes an interview, gallery and other resources from this site. 

Commentary about the prize: