Authors from Around the Globe: Kazuo Ishiguro
When we hear world literature, the first thing which appears on our mind is the diversity of languages and culture and history inscribed on the pieces’ text and context. Taking this note aside, world literature is not entirely focused on showing a variety of languages; it also shows the unity of every nationality by producing authors who, although not an English-speaker by blood, can write using the worldly prescribed tongue. An example of these authors is Mr. Kazuo Ishiguro, Japanese by blood, who fell in love with the wonders of Britain.
Ishiguro , born November 8, 1954 at Nagasaki, Japan, moved with his father, an oceanographer, mother and two sisters to Guildford, Surrey to easen his father’s travel to his workplace. Who would’ve thought that a Japanese dad would go a long way for work! It was 1960 when they moved.
He had been given the opportunity to study at the prestigious University of Kent, Canterbury, 1974, and graduated with honors in English and Philosophy. He continued studying for more years at the University of East Anglia, where he met Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter, whom I think you might very well know! There he finished his Master’s degree on creative writing.
The Japanese-born author contributed to the literary society with novels which are set in the past and in the far future, some of which are in alternate dimensions. A notable quality found in his numerous works is the combination of Sci-fi and futuristic tones and themes, although set in a time bracket supposedly far from the story’s setting, which are mostly of English origins or real places themselves.
With his style, the way he allows his characters to exhibit their own failings and weaknesses are simply beautiful. During the narrative, this technique of Ishiguro can be seen; characters may show their flaws as human beings. This intact, most of his works are in first person narrative. Failure and uncertainty line his characters, and this is what makes his creations more realistic, more indulging.
His repertoire of works include The Unconsoled, seemingly a tale about a semi-amnesiac pianist, An Artist of the Floating World, which focuses on an aging painter reminiscing the past, and The Remains of the Day, winner of the Man Booker Prize.