The Unconsoled (1995) is Kazuo Ishiguro’s most experimental novel to date. The kind of experimentalism at work in this novel, however, is not easy to pin down, vacillating between postmodernism, fantasy and realism. ’Surreal’ and ‘surrealist’ have also been used as standard terms by reviewers and critics attempting to describe the spatio-temporal and experiential dislocations of The Unconsoled, yet no critical move has been made to consider Ishiguro’s surrealist poetics and politics. This chapter, therefore, situates The Unconsoled’s experimental aesthetics within the artistic and intellectual tradition of surrealism.
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