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An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Hardback Publication Date: 09/05/2013

 

**Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature**

Masuji Ono saw misery in his homeland and became unwilling to spend his skills solely in the celebration of physical beauty.

Instead, he envisioned a strong and powerful nation of the future, and he put his painting to work in the service of the movement that led Japan into World War II.

Now, as the mature Masuji Ono struggles through the spiritual wreckage of that war, his memories of the -floating world- of his youth, full of pleasure and promise, serve as an escape from, a punishment for--and a justification of--his entire life.

Drifting without honor in Japan's postwar society, which indicts him for its defeat and reviles him for his aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

An Artist of the Floating World is a sensual and profoundly convincing portrait of the artist as an aging man. At once a multigenerational tale and a samurai death poem written in English,

it is also a saga of the clash of the old and new orders, blending classical and contemporary iconography with compassion and wit.

ISBN:
9780143124283
9780143124283
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
09-05-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
Country of origin:
India
Pages:
223
Dimensions (mm):
198x137x23mm
Weight:
0.34kg
Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro's seven previous books have won him wide renown and many honours around the world. His work has been translated into over forty languages.

The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films.

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of six novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, Casino de Santiago European Novel Award, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize). Nocturnes (2009), a collection of stories, was awarded the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize.

In 1995 Ishiguro received an OBE for Services to Literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

In 2017 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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