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
On our shelves:
- An Artist in a floating world
- The Buried giant
- Never let me go
- A Pale view of hills
- The Remains of the day
- The Unconsoled
- When we were orphans
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:
- Kazuo Ishiguro by Cynthia F. Wong. 2nd edition
On our shelves:
Never let me go:
The Remains of the Day
An artist in the floating world
Never Let me go:
Remains of the day
- Baillie Justine, Matthews, Sean, edt., 2009, 'History, memory, and the construction of gender in Kazuo Ishiguro's "A Pale view of hills"', Kazuo Ishiguro, Continuum International Publishing Group, London, pp. 45-53.
- Millen, Robbie, April 7 2016, 'Remains of the dragon', The Australian, Nationwide News, Canberra, p. 14.
- Swift, Graham, 2009, 'Buying a guitar with Ish: Nagasaki, 1954-60' in Making an elephant: writing from within, Picador, London, pp. 97-117. [Includes an interview with Kazuo Ishiguro.]
- Hunnewell, Susannah, Spring 2008, 'Kazuo Ishiguro: the art of fiction, no. 196', Paris Review, no. 194.
- Kite, Lorien, March 6 2015, 'Literary life: Kazuo Ishiguro interview', Financial Times.
- 'Let's talk about genre: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation', 4 June 2015, New Statesman
- Ishiguro, Kazuo, 2014, 'How I wrote Remains of the Day in four weeks, The Guardian, 6 December
- Richards, Linda, October 2000, 'Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro', January Magazine
An Artist in a floating world
- McCrum, Robert, 2015, 'The 100 best novels: no. 94 'An artist of the floating world by Kazuo Ishiguro', The Guardian, 6 July.
- Morton, Kathryn, 1986, 'After the war was lost', New York Times, June 8
The Buried giant
- Gaiman, Neil, 2015, 'Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Buried giant"', New York Times, February 25.
- Rich, Nathaniel, 2015, 'The book of sorrow and forgetting' The Atlantic, March.
Never let me go
- Atwood, Margaret, 2005, 'Brave new world: Kazuo Ishiguro's novel is really chilling', Slate, April 1.
- Menand, Louis, 2005, 'Something about Kathy: Ishiguro's quasi-science-fiction novel', The New Yorker, March 28
- Flemming, Tom, 2009, 'Heartbreak in five movements', The Guardian, 10 May
- 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
- Graver, Lawrence, 1989, 'What the butler saw' The New York Times on the Web, October 8.
- Rushdie, Salman, 2012, 'Salman Rushdie: rereading "The Remains of the Day"' The Guardian, 17 August.
- Cain, Sian, 2015, 'Writer's indignation: Kazuo Ishiguro rejects claims of genre snobbery, The Guardian, 9 March.
- Jordison, Sam, 2015, 'Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled: unanswered questions, The Guardian, 14 January.
- British Council: Literature. Page for Kazuo Ishiguro
- New York Times: Pages and links for resources on Kazuo Ishiguro
- Wroe, Nicholas, 2005, 'Profile: Kazuo Ishiguro: living memories', The Guardian, 19 February
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:
- Ellis-Peterson, Hannah, Flood, Alison, 2017, 'Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize in literature 2017', The Guardian, October 6.
- McCrum, Robert, 2017, 'My friend Kazuo Ishiguro: 'an artist without ego, with deeply held beliefs', The Guardian, October 8.
- Wood, James, 2017, 'Kazuo Ishiguro, the new Nobel Laureate, has supremely done his own kind of thing', The New Yorker, October 5.