Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 0307455785

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

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Five interconnected stories in which music is an intrinsic theme follow the struggles of such protagonists as a once-popular singer desperate for a comeback, a songwriter who is unwittingly involved in a failing marriage, and a jazz musician who wrongly believes that plastic surgery will secure his career. By the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day. Reprint. A New York Times Notable Book.


Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307273086

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes an inspired sequence of stories as affecting as it is beautiful. With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.


Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571252621

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 8013

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go In Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro explores the ideas of love, music and the passing of time. From the piazzas of Italy to the 'hush-hush floor' of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to café musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning. Gentle, intimate and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting theme: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life's romance, even as one gets older, relationships founder and youthful hope recedes.

When We Were Orphans

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375724400

Category: Fiction

Page: 335

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Sent to live in England after the disappearance of his parents, Christopher Banks returns to Shanghai, the city of his birth, more than twenty years later to uncover the truth about the tragedy that transformed his childhood.

Tom Thomson in Purgatory

Author: Troy Jollimore

Publisher: Exile Editions, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781550960976


Page: 100

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An Artist of the Floating World

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9780571225361

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 938

WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD BOOK OF THE YEAR It is 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 house repairs, 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.

A Pale View of Hills

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307829073

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 907

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day, here is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a novel where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.

Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro,Brian W. Shaffer,Cynthia F. Wong

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781934110621

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 8573

Nineteen interviews conducted over the past two decades on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond with the author of the Booker Prize-winning "The Remains of the Day"

Kazuo Ishiguro

Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Author: Sean Matthews,Sebastian Groes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144110058X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

View: 648

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the finest and most accomplished contemporary writers of his generation. The short story author, television writer and novelist, included twice in Granta's list of Best Young British Writers, has over the past twenty-five years produced a body of work which is just as critically-acclaimed as it is popular with the general public. Like the writings of Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro's work is concerned with creating discursive platforms for issues of class, ethics, ethnicity, nationhood, place, gender and the uses and problems surrounding artistic representation. As a Japanese immigrant who came to Great Britain in 1960, Ishiguro has used his unique position and fine intellectual abilities to contemplate what it means to be British in the contemporary era. This guide traces the main themes throughout Ishiguro's writing whilst it also pays attention to his short stories and writing for television. It includes a new interview with the author, a preface by Haruki Murakami and discussion of James Ivory's adaptation of The Remains of the Day.

Liquid Fear

Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745654495

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 2114

Modernity was supposed to be the period in human history when the fears that pervaded social life in the past could be left behind and human beings could at last take control of their lives and tame the uncontrolled forces of the social and natural worlds. And yet, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, we live again in a time of fear. Whether its the fear of natural disasters, the fear of environmental catastrophes or the fear of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, we live today in a state of constant anxiety about the dangers that could strike unannounced and at any moment. Fear is the name we give to our uncertainty in the face of the dangers that characterize our liquid modern age, to our ignorance of what the threat is and our incapacity to determine what can and can't be done to counter it. This new book by Zygmunt Bauman one of the foremost social thinkers of our time is an inventory of liquid modern fears. It is also an attempt to uncover their common sources, to analyse the obstacles that pile up on the road to their discovery and to examine the ways of putting them out of action or rendering them harmless. Through his brilliant account of the fears and anxieties that weigh on us today, Bauman alerts us to the scale of the task which we shall have to confront through most of the current century if we wish our fellow humans to emerge at its end feeling more secure and self-confident than we feel at its beginning.

The Cambridge History of the English Short Story

Author: Dominic Head

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316739147

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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The Cambridge History of the English Short Story is the first comprehensive volume to capture the literary history of the English short story. Charting the origins and generic evolution of the English short story to the present day, and written by international experts in the field, this book covers numerous transnational and historical connections between writers, modes and forms of transmission. Suitable for English literature students and scholars of the English short story generally, it will become a standard work of reference in its field.

The Buried Giant

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Faber & Faber Limited

ISBN: 9780571315062


Page: 384

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Fantasy-verhaal over een ouder echtpaar dat in de nadagen van Koning Arthur op pelgrimstocht gaat om hun verloren en vergeten zoon te zoeken.

World and Town

Author: Gish Jen

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307473309

Category: Fiction

Page: 466

View: 3685

Two years after burying her husband and best friend, 68-year-old Hattie Kong moves to a small New England town where she is joined by a Cambodian family and reunited with an ex-lover before tackling challenges in the form of fundamentalist Christians andstruggling family farms.

Nocturnos / Nocturnes

Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Editorial Anagrama

ISBN: 9788433977519

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 1616

This is a collection of five stories focused on music and musicians; it reads like a concert, introducing each story as a movement, mixing it with the others and bringing them to a resounding close. the five stories exhibit ideas common to Ishiguro's work, among them uncertain endings with no catharsis and music closely linked to the A01's life.

After Leaving The Village

Author: Helen Matthews

Publisher: Hashtag Press

ISBN: 0995780692

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2070

Two women. Two villages. Different destinies. Odeta's life has shrunk to a daily round of drudgery, running her father's grocery store in a remote Albanian village. One day a stranger from Tirana walks into the shop and promises her a new career in London. Odeta's life is about to change, but not in the way she expected. Journalist Kate lives on a quiet London street and seems to have a perfect life but she worries about her son Ben, who struggles to make friends. Kate blames the internet and disconnects her family from the online world so they can get to know their neighbours. On a visit to her home village in Wales, Kate is forced to confront a secret from her past. But greater danger lies closer to home. Perhaps Kate's neighbours are not the friendly community they seem.

East, West


Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0804152330

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6013

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Satanic Verses comes nine stories that reveal the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between East and West. Daring, extravagant, comical and humane, this book renews Rushdie's stature as a storyteller who can enthrall and instruct us with the same sentence.

Shifting Pools

Author: Zoë Duncan

Publisher: Eye Books (US&CA)

ISBN: 1785630423

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 8968

Fleeing war and the death of her family, Eve has carefully constructed a new life for herself in London. Yet she is troubled by vivid, disturbing dreams, symptoms of her traumatic past, which intrude increasingly on her daily life. As she is drawn further into her dream world, she finds herself caught up in a fresh battle for survival. A dark, lyrical fantasy about healing and reconnecting with the full richness of the self.

The English Handbook

A Guide to Literary Studies

Author: William Whitla

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444307917

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

View: 2138

The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies is a comprehensive textbook, providing essential practical and analytical reading and writing skills for literature students at all levels. With advice and information on fundamental methods of literary analysis and research, Whitla equips students with the knowledge and tools essential for advanced literary study. Includes traditional close reading strategies integrated with newer critical theory, ranging from gender and genre to post-structuralism and post-colonialism; with examples from Beowulf to Atwood, folk ballads to Fugard, and Christopher Marlowe to Conrad’s Marlow Draws on a wide range of resources, from print to contemporary electronic media Supplies a companion website with chapter summaries, charts, examples, web links, and suggestions for further study

The Unconsoled

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307764157

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 330

From the universally acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day comes a mesmerizing novel of completely unexpected mood and matter--a seamless, fictional universe, both wholly unrecognizable and familiar. When the public, day-to-day reality of a renowned pianist takes on a life of its own, he finds himself traversing landscapes that are by turns eerie, comical, and strangely malleable. From the Hardcover edition.

Things that Fall from the Sky

Author: Kevin Brockmeier

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307429725

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 7702

Weaving together loss and anxiety with fantastic elements and literary sleight-of-hand, Kevin Brockmeier’s richly imagined Things That Fall from the Sky views the nagging realities of the world through a hopeful lens. In the deftly told “These Hands,” a man named Lewis recounts his time babysitting a young girl and his inconsolable sense of loss after she is wrenched away. In “Apples,” a boy comes to terms with the complex world of adults, his first pangs of love, and the bizarre death of his Bible coach. “The Jesus Stories” examines a people trying to accelerate the Second Coming by telling the story of Christ in every possible way. And in the O. Henry Award winning “The Ceiling,” a man’s marriage begins to disintegrate after the sky starts slowly descending. Achingly beautiful and deceptively simple, Things That Fall from the Sky defies gravity as one of the most original story collections seen in recent years. From the Trade Paperback edition.