Kazuo Ishiguro’s early novels excavate traumas created by war and corruption, and one way of understanding the psycho-social behaviour and internal devastation of the adult characters is by tracing their relationships with children. Adults, such as Etsuko in A Pale View of Hills (1982) and Ono in An Artist of the Floating World (1986), are unwilling to face up to the past and regress and behave like children as a strategic evasion of their responsibilities. This chapter argues that the divisions between their younger and older selves are often blurred, resulting in generational conflicts that can also be seen as an analogy for a post-war global politics in which the presence of the new, dominant power, such as the United States, has an infantilizing effect upon former imperial centres such as Japan and England.
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