Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most accomplished and celebrated writers of our time. He has produced a body of best-selling work that receives consistent praise from both academic and broadsheet critics whilst appealing to a global readership. At the age of five Ishiguro arrived in the United Kingdom as a Japanese immigrant, and his work combines his unusual perspective and fine intellectual acuity to portray a wide variety of places, characters and concerns, particularly exploring the effects of class, ethnicity, nationhood, place and morality, as well as the issues surrounding artistic representation itself. He was marked out as an extraordinarily gifted graduate of the University of East Anglia’s MA in Creative Writing, and his first two, ‘Japanese’ works pointed to the emergence of a major writing talent in the early 1980s. His work was included twice in Granta magazine’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ list (in 1983 and 1993); his work has been translated into more than thirty languages; he has won many literary prizes; and all but one of his works has been nominated for the prestigious Booker Prize, which he won for The Remains of the Day (1989), a modern classic. This novel was adapted into an Oscar-winning blockbuster, and the adaptation of Never Let MeGo (2005) into an equally successful film further underlines the appeal of Ishiguro’s work to extraordinarily wide audiences.
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