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An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Faber and Faber 1987

Based in Japan after World War II the narrator, an elderly painter, spends his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two daughters and his grandson; his evenings are spent with old associates in quiet bars. Information about him and his society is shared sparingly and tiny disclosures stand for a great deal more. There is tension in the novel as the reader waits in anticipation for the powerful central moment of disclosure.
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan. An Artist of the Floating World won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award.

 
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
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