Kazuo Ishiguro World Literature Analysis - Essay

Kazuo Ishiguro World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

As a writer, Ishiguro has remained very modest about his fame. In particular, he has rejected claims that his first two novels, despite their setting and Japanese characters, offer a realistic picture of his home country, which he did not see between 1960 and 1989. Instead, he has insisted that it is a character’s memory of a conflict in life that held his artistic interest in the writing. Thus, the role of memory has been central in all of Ishiguro’s novels, and the ambiguity and unreliability of memory is a key topic of his fiction.

Ishiguro’s choice of protagonists demonstrates his basic reluctance to look for obvious links between his characters and himself, an authorial strategy that he rejects. Thus, even...

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