How Ishiguro rewrote himself

  The Nobel winner’s cryptic new novel is the result of a decades-long rejection of “well-formed” fiction. " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> Towards the end of his Nobel lecture, delivered in Stockholm in December 2017, Kazuo Ishiguro advised that we should relax our definitions of “good literature”. It would be hard, perhaps impossible, to engage with his latest book in any other spirit. On first appraisal,Klara and the Sun belongs in the realm of the not-good – glacial and abstract, and written in a repetitive vanilla prose beyond anything that this specialist in the monologue-monotone has previously inflicted on the reader. The stakes are elusive, as are the basic contours of the fictional world. Yet Ishiguro is an extraordinary writer and he has surely earned our trust, or perhaps, in this instance, our faith. The setting is the US in the near future, and the title character is an Artificial Friend, short-haired and slightly .. Full story on 

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