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A magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro—author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.
Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.
Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
In its award citation in 2017, the Nobel committee described Ishiguro's books as "novels of great emotional force" and said he has "uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."
This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.
In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven't seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share. By turns savage, suspenseful, and intensely moving, The Buried Giant is a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.
Born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents' alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own, painful past, only to find that war is ravaging Shanghai beyond recognition-and that his own recollections are proving as difficult to trust as the people around him.
Masterful, suspenseful and psychologically acute, When We Were Orphans offers a profound meditation on the shifting quality of memory, and the possibility of avenging one’s past.
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.
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.
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.
La esperada novela de Kazuo Ishiguro tras el Premio Nobel. Una historia de ciencia ficción que indaga en lo que nos hace humanos.
Klara es una AA, una Amiga Artificial, especializada en el cuidado de niños. Pasa sus días en una tienda, esperando a que alguien la adquiera y se la lleve a una casa, un hogar. Mientras espera, contempla el exterior desde el escaparate. Observa a los transeúntes, sus actitudes, sus gestos, su modo de caminar, y es testigo de algunos episodios que no acaba de entender, como una extraña pelea entre dos taxistas. Klara es una AA singular, es más observadora y más dada a hacerse preguntas que la mayoría de sus congéneres. Y, como sus compañeros, necesita del Sol para alimentarse, para cargarse de energía...
¿Qué le espera en el mundo exterior cuando salga de la tienda y se vaya a vivir con una familia? ¿Comprende bien los comportamientos, los repentinos cambios de humor, las emociones, los sentimientos de los humanos?
Esta es la primera novela de Kazuo Ishiguro tras ser galardonado con el Premio Nobel. En ella vuelve a jugar con la ciencia ficción, como ya hizo en Nunca me abandones, y nos regala una deslumbrante parábola sobre nuestro mundo, como también ofreció en El gigante enterrado. Emergen en estas páginas su más que probada potencia fabuladora, la exquisitez de su prosa rebosante de matices y esa capacidad única para explorar la esencia del ser humano y lanzar preguntas turbadoras: ¿qué es lo que nos define como personas? ¿Cuál es nuestro papel en el mundo? ¿Qué es el amor?...
Narrada por la curiosa e inquisitiva Klara, un ser artificial que se hace preguntas muy humanas, la novela es un deslumbrante tour de force en el que Ishiguro vuelve a emocionarnos y a abordar temas de calado que pocos narradores contemporáneos osan afrontar.
In their announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy recognized the emotional force of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction and his mastery at uncovering our illusory sense of connection with the world. In the eloquent and candid lecture he delivered upon accepting the award, Ishiguro reflects on the way he was shaped by his upbringing, and on the turning points in his career—“small scruffy moments . . . quiet, private sparks of revelation”—that made him the writer he is today.
With the same generous humanity that has graced his novels, Ishiguro here looks beyond himself, to the world that new generations of writers are taking on, and what it will mean—what it will demand of us—to make certain that literature remains not just alive, but essential.
An enduring work on writing and becoming a writer, by one of the most accomplished novelists of our generation.
A primera vista, los jovencitos que estudian en el internado de Hailsham son como cualquier otro grupo de adolescentes. Practican deportes, o tienen clases de arte donde sus profesoras se dedican a estimular su creativi-dad. Es un mundo hermético, donde los pupilos no tienen otro contacto con el mundo exterior que Madame, como llaman a la mujer que viene a llevarse las obras más interesantes de los adolescentes, quizá para una galería de arte, o un museo. Kathy, Ruth y Tommy fueron pupilos en Hailsham y también fueron un triángulo amoroso. Y ahora, Kathy K. se permite recordar cómo ella y sus amigos, sus amantes, descubrieron poco a poco la verdad. El lector de esta espléndida novela, utopía gótica, irá descubriendo que en Hailsham todo es una re-presentación donde los jóvenes actores no saben que lo son, y tampoco saben que no son más que el secreto terrible de la buena salud de una sociedad.