A true artist follows a certain path and all his creations stay true to his ideology. Be it a musician, a painter, a filmmaker or a writer, all of them have a story tell, only one. That one story is moulded into different colors, genres, melodies but the essence remains the same. British novelist from Japanese origin, Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature on October 5. Let’s take a look at this master craftsman’s great work and try to decode his storytelling style.
In all his novels, all the characters set in a war situation deal with the issues of their past. Travelling through the range of futuristic, sci-fi, surrealistic to post-colonial, Ishiguro retains the conflict of past and ends his novels without any sense of resolution. The Swedish Academy bestowed the honour on the 63-year-old author describing his novels as “great emotional force” which “uncovered the abyss beneath the illusory sense of connection with the world”.
Born in 1954 in Japan’s Nagasaki, Ishiguro was nominated four times for Man Booker Prize, of which he won once. He wrote 7 novels over 30 years.
1. A Pale View of Hills
Ishiguro’s first novel, A Pale View of Hills, was published in 1982 and won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize the same year. The novel narrates the story of a Japanese woman who deals with the suicide of her oldest daughter and attempts to recount her past when she was living in Nagasaki during World War II.
2. An Artist of the Floating World
This novel narrates a story of an ageing painter who has lost both his wife and son and has to deal with the changing environment of his country post World War II.
3. The Remains of the Day
The 1989 Man Booker Prize-winning novel was adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie of the same name starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
4. The Unconsoled
Opened with negative reviews, it was eventually voted the third best British novel which narrates the life of a pianist and his struggle to gather courage and perform in a concert.
5. When We Were Orphans
Shortlisted for the 2000 Man Booker Prize, the novel narrates the story of an orphan who loses his parents under suspicious circumstances.
6. Never Let Me Go
The dystopian science fiction novel concentrates on the life of Kathy who confronts her past she spent in a school and deals with the themes of disease, social alienation and cloning.
7. The Buried Giant
Ishiguro’s latest novel is a tale of an elderly couple’s quest for memory which deals with the themes of memory and forgetting, love and ageing and war and peace.
Ishiguro makes sure of portraying the message loud and clear. Set in pre or post-war circumstances, his characters are seen fighting not just the current situation but are in an ongoing war with their past.Read More