An Artist of the Floating World

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Faber & Faber, 2013 - Fiction - 206 pages
It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War II, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.

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User Review  - bergs47 - LibraryThing

I'm at pain to ask how Ishiguro ever got a Noble prize for literature?. If the powers that be wanted to give a Japanese writer the prize , they should have looked no further than Haruki Murakami. In ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lemeritus - LibraryThing

Ono's reflections - like our own ruminations - swing from self-congratulatory to increasingly self-critical, an arc made more profound against the backdrop of war and ultimate cultural upheaval. Ishiguro walks us patiently through both the ruins and the renaissance. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Kazuo Ishiguro's eight books have won him world-wide renown and many honours, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over forty languages. The Remains of the Dayand Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess of one million copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. His most recent novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015, debuting at number 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

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