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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Inglaterra, julio de 1956. Stevens, el narrador, durante treinta años ha sido mayordomo de Darlington Hall. Lord Darlington murió hace tres años, y la propiedad pertenece ahora a un norteamericano. El mayordomo, por primera vez en su vida, hará un viaje. Su nuevo patrón regresará por unas semanas a su país, y le ha ofrecido al mayordomo su coche que fuera de Lord Darlington para que disfrute de unas vacaciones. Y Stevens, en el antiguo, lento y señorial auto de sus patrones, cruzará durante días Inglaterra rumbo a Weymouth, donde vive la señora Benn, antigua ama de llaves de Darlington Hall. Y jornada a jornada, Ishiguro desplegará ante el lector una novela perfecta de luces y claroscuros, de máscaras que apenas se deslizan para desvelar una realidad mucho más amarga que los amables paisajes que el mayordomo deja atrás. Porque Stevens averigua que Lord Darlington fue un miembro de la clase dirigente inglesa que se dejó seducir por el fascismo y conspiró activamente para conseguir una alianza entre Inglaterra y Alemania. Y descubre, y también el lector, que hay algo peor incluso que haber servido a un hombre indigno?
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."
Em seu primeiro romance em dez anos, o autor do best-seller Resíduos do dia envereda pelo universo da fantasia para abordar temas universais como o amor, a guerra e a memória.
Uma terra marcada por guerras recentes e amaldiçoada por uma misteriosa névoa do esquecimento. Uma população desnorteada diante de ameaças múltiplas. Um casal que parte numa jornada em busca do filho e no caminho terá seu amor posto à prova - será nosso sentimento forte o bastante quando já não há reminiscências da história que nos une?
Épico arturiano, o primeiro romance de Kazuo Ishiguro em uma década envereda pela fantasia e se aproxima do universo de George R. R. Martin e Tolkien, comprovando a capacidade do autor de se reinventar a cada obra. Entre a aventura fantástica e o lirismo, O gigante enterrado fala de alguns dos temas mais caros à humanidade: o amor, a guerra e a memória.
"Ishiguro é um dos maiores romancistas vivos da Inglaterra." - The Telegraph
"A obra mais estranha, arriscada e ambiciosa que o autor publicou em sua carreira de 33 anos." - The New York Times
"Ishiguro trabalha seu material fantástico com as ferramentas de um
mestre do realismo." - Time Magazine
Zum Literaturnobelpreis 2017 jetzt als bibliophlie Sonderausgabe.