Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His nine works of fiction have earned him many honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold over a million copies in Faber editions. He received a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan. His latest novel, Klara and the Sun, was published in 2021.
'Novels of great emotional force . . . [Ishiguro] has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.'
'An original and remarkable genius.'
'A master story-teller.'
'What stays with you in Klara and the Sun is the haunting narrative voice – a genuinely innocent, ego-less perspective on the strange behaviour of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear.'
'A master craftsman.'
'Ishiguro is a remarkable novelist.'
'A masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.'
'This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go, with which it shares a DNA of emotional openness, the quality of letting us see ourselves from the outside, and a vision of humanity which – while not exactly optimistic – is tender, touching and true.'
'There is something so steady and beautiful about the way Klara is always approaching connection, like a Zeno's arrow of the heart. People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love.'
'Another masterpiece, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity.'
'It is innocence that forms Ishiguro's major subject, explored in novels at once familiar and strange, which only gradually display their true and devastating significance.'
'There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay . . .'
'The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.'
'Do you believe in the human heart?'