An Artist of the Floating World: 30th anniversary edition (Paperback)
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An Artist of the Floating World: 30th anniversary edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 30/06/2016
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Ishiguro’s subtle, probing unpacking of Japanese militarism and the disorientation that accompanies widespread change, An Artist of the Floating World looks back at the trauma of the early twentieth-century through the eyes of a once lauded painter. Never cheaply judgmental or crudely melodramatic, Ishiguro interrogates the politicisation of art and the painful relinquishing of pride in a mature and balanced novel.

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

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 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.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571330386
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 189 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
Edition: Main

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Michael Rothwell

“A Floating World?”

Born 1954 in the atomic-bomb-hit city of Nagasaki Kazuo Ishiguro's award winning novel picks apart the 'real' life of a character subsumed by Japanese defeat of World War II. The central character and... More

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