The Unconsoled

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Unconsoled is an utterly original masterpiece by Kazuo Ishiguro, the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant.

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Ryder, a renowned pianist, arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give . . .

On first publication in 1995, The Unconsoled was met in some quarters with bewilderment and vilification, in others with the highest praise. One commentator asked, ‘Has Ishiguro gone for greatness or has he gone mad?’ Over the years, this uniquely strange and extraordinary novel about a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control has come to be seen by many as being the key work and a turning point in his career.

‘A masterpiece. It is above all a book devoted to the human heart.’ Rachel Cusk, The Times

‘The most original and remarkable book he has so far produced.’ New York Times Book Review

‘One of the strangest books in memory.’ TLS

‘I’ve never read a book like it. I think it is a masterpiece.’ John Carey, The Late Show

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A masterpiece… It is above all a book devoted to the human heart.

The Times
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[Ishiguro] is an original and remarkable genius… The Unconsoled is the most original and remarkable book he has so far produced.

New York Times Book Review
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Almost certainly a masterpiece.

Anita Brookner
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A work of great interest and originality… Ishiguro has mapped out an aesthetic territory that is all his own… frankly fantastic [and] fiercer and funnier than before.

New Yorker
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One of the strangest books in memory.

Times Literary Supplement

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…

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