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Kazuo Ishiguro
Japanese-born English novelist
(1954- )



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If on a sunny day you climb the steep path leading up from the little wooden bridge still referred to around here as 'the Bridge of Hesitation', you will not have to walk far before the roof of my house becomes visible between the tops of two gingko trees. Even if it did not occupy such a commanding position on the hill, the house would still stand out from all others nearby, so that as you come up the path, you may find yourself wondering what sort of wealthy man owns it.

- Opening sentences of An Artist of the Floating World (1986)

It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been preoccupying my imagination now for some days. An expedition, I should say, which I will undertake alone, in the comfort of Mr Farraday's Ford; an expedition which, as I foresee it, will take me through much of the finest countryside of England to the West Country, and may keep me away from Darlington Hall for as much as five or six days. The idea of such a journey came about, I should point out, from a most kind suggestion put to me by Mr Farraday himself one afternoon almost a fortnight ago, when I had been dusting the portraits in the library. (...)

'You realize, Stevens, I don't expect you to be locked up here in this house all the time Gm away. Why don't you take the car and drive off somewhere for a few days? You look like you could make good use of a break.'

- Opening page of The Remains of the Day (1989)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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