Bryson, Bill. “Between Two Worlds.” The New York Times Magazine, April 29, 1990, 38. This magazine article is an excellent, well-researched portrait of the artist. By covering Ishiguro’s life, art, and philosophical attitude toward his craft, and including the artist’s own words, Bryson gives the reader a sense of the personal and environmental circumstances under which Ishiguro has created his art. A photograph shows Ishiguro in front of his London townhouse.
Gurewich, David. “Upstairs, Downstairs.” New Criterion 8, no. 4 (1989): 77-80. A detailed review of The Remains of the Day.
Ishiguro, Kazuo. “An Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro.” Interview by Allan Vorda and Kim Herzinger. Mississippi Review 20, nos.1/2 (1991): 131-154. An extremely useful interview with Ishiguro.
Ishiguro, Kazuo. “An Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro.” Interview by Gregory Mason. Contemporary Literature 30, no. 3 (1989): 335-346. Among the most substantial interviews with Ishiguro.
Kakutani, Michiko. “Books of the Times.” The New York Times, October 17, 1995. Negative review of The Unconsoled.
Mason, Gregory. “Inspiring Images: The Influence of the Japanese Cinema on the Writings of Kazuo Ishiguro.” East-West Film Journal 3 (June, 1989): 39-52. A perceptive study that argues convincingly that Ishiguro’s novels share much with Japanese art films of the 1950’s. There, as in Ishiguro’s fiction, Mason argues, one finds a strong focus on everyday experience and an avoidance of melodrama; the plot is often unimportant in relation to the themes.
Menand, Louis. “Anxious in Dreamland.” The New York Times Book Review, October 15, 1995, p. 7. A generally sympathetic review of The Unconsoled.
Parrinder, Patrick. “Manly Scowls.” London Review of Books 9 (February 6, 1986): 16. A perceptive review of An Artist of the Floating World. Parrinder places Ishiguro’s novel in the greater context of British literature and argues strongly for taking seriously Ono’s confession of his guilt, not brushing it aside as irrelevant. A good introduction to the novel.
Shaffer, Brian W. Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1997. The only book-length study of Ishiguro’s life and work, up to The Unconsoled.