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1986 Costa Winner

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The Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro


Publisher: Faber & Faber

Length: 206 pages

About: Troubling memories of Japanese man

Style: 1st person

Where: Japan

When: 1948-1950



Publisher’s synopsis:

This is the story of an artist as an aging man, struggling through the wreckage of Japan's World War II experience. Ishiguro's first novel.












…is not only pleasurable to read but instructive, without being in the least bit didactic; more accessible in tone and texture than most noves by modern Japanese novelists, calmer and more confident than the numerous accounts by outside observers stunned by Japan's economic achievementsw or mesemerrized by Japaneses sexuality.

Anne Chisholm, Times Literary Supplement 14th February 1986




About the author

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan in November 1954 but moved to Britain in 1960. He received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995, and the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998. He lives in London.


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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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