An Artist of the Floating World
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. A Japanese artist looks back on his life after World War Two in this celebrated novel from the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel, The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go, and The Buried Giant.
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It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War II, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past – to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism – a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.
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