This chapter shows that Kazuo Ishiguro’s depiction of landscapes evokes questions about the relationship between personal and collective memory, knowledge and consciousness, time and trauma. His landscapes present the tragically limited protagonists with a means to gain self-knowledge, which they never actually achieve because there is a gap between traditional forms of knowledge and a modernity in which gaining knowledge is increasingly problematic. After situating Never Let Me Go in a tradition of writing East Anglia, this chapter demonstrates how Ishiguro aims to bridge this divide. It ends by pointing out that buried within Never Let Me Go’s East Anglia we find a dense layering of dark images drawn from hypercanonic modernist writers such as T. S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett.
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