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An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Paperback / softback, Hardback Publication Date: 01/08/1991

  $30.25

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

In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty.

Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.
Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the floating world the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise.

Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being."

ISBN:
9780679722663
9780679722663
Category:
Historical Fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback, Hardback
Publication Date:
01-08-1991
Language:
English
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
203.2x132.08x15.24mm
Weight:
0.19kg
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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