An Artist of the Floating World

ISBN9780679722663
PublisherVintage International
Published9/01/1989
Pages206
AuthorKazuo Ishiguro
FormatPaperback
Weight0.25 Kg.
Height8.0 in.
Width5.2 in.
Depth0.6 in.

An Artist of the Floating World

Kazuo Ishiguro

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9/01/1989

The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Kazuo Ishiguro


From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day


In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.

Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"—the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink—offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

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ISBN9780679722663
PublisherVintage International
Published9/01/1989
Pages206
AuthorKazuo Ishiguro
FormatPaperback
Weight0.25 Kg.
Height8.0 in.
Width5.2 in.
Depth0.6 in.

Synopsis

The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Kazuo Ishiguro


From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day


In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.

Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"—the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink—offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

Buy An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro  at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"Good writers abound—good novelists are very rare. Kazuo Ishiguro is that rarity. His second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, is the kind that stretches the reader's awareness, teaching him to read more perceptively."

– The New York Times Book Review

"The themes that fascinate me as a writer are present in this novel: regret, guilt, the malleability of memory, the pains of ageing, solitude, loneliness. Ishiguro's writing is spare, and really nothing much happens in the book at all. And yet every time after I finish reading it, I view Ono – and the world – in a slightly altered light."

– Tan Twan Eng (Independent UK)

“An Artist of the Floating World” is a sensitive examination of the turmoil in postwar Japan, a time when certainties were overturned, gender politics shifted, the hierarchy of the generations seemed to topple and even the geography of cities changed. All this is made more poignant when seen through the eyes of a man who is rejected by the future and who chooses to reject his own past.

– The Japan Times