Kazuo Ishiguro: Master Stylist (1802)

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The 2017 Nobel Prize literature went to Kazuo Ishiguro, "who," the press release reads, "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world." 

Ishiguro is a brilliant stylist, a master of controlled tone and mood, a miniaturist who takes on enormous historical events with subtlety. He writes almost exclusively in the first-person retrospective, drawing us into a calm, self-assured, elegantly self-deceiving world of an unreliable narrator, creating a still surface through which memory, guilt, trauma, and regret slowly come into focus. Let's use the occasion of his recognition by the Nobel Committee to read across the span of his career, beginning with the first novel, set in post-war Nagasaki, to a postwar novel set in an English country house, to a dystopian tale from a very special finishing school, and finally to his collection of music-themed short fiction. We will find and follow the threads that run through his works, and together, figure out how his moral vision and style have developed over the decades.

A Pale View of the Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro
Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro

Reading Schedule: 
January 29: A Pale View of the Hills
February 12: Remains of the Day
February 26: Never Let Me Go
March 12: Nocturnes

Helen Hooper, a fiction writer, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She has published stories in American Short Fiction, The Common, The Hopkins Review, Bellevue Literary Review and elsewhere. She was MacDowell Colony fellow, a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor fellow and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a BA from Johns Hopkins. She has taught literature and creative writing at Stanford and other universities and at the middle and high school levels. She is now writing a novel.

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A Pale View of Hills (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679722670
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

The Remains of the Day (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679731726
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455789
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Published: Vintage - September 21st, 2010