While writing The Unconsoled (1995), Kazuo Ishiguro was frustrated by critical approaches to his earlier work that centred on its purported ‘realism’. This chapter explores how The Unconsoled fulfils his intention to journey into ever stranger territories by focusing on the novel’s engagement with the work of the canonical modernist writer Franz Kafka. The Unconsoled is an exploration, partly allegorical, partly direct, of the crisis facing a major, established artist who wishes to pursue an experimental aesthetic. Gilles Deleuze’s and Félix Guattari’s concept of ‘minor literature’ informs the discussion.
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