Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005) can be read as a criticism of the potentially pernicious influence of scientific discourse and the Enlightenment tradition on notions of the human within contemporary culture. Raised at Hailsham, the clones’ separation from shared social structures dehumanizes them in the view of the rest of society while the carefully orchestrated manipulation of language and knowledge result in a fatal lack of self-determination. Exploring love, friendship and community against a suggested background of biotechnology, Ishiguro posits the novel itself as a form of culture that can recuperate ‘the human’ from science’s purely mechanistic and materialistic definitions.
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