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Ishiguro, Kazuo

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Born: 1954 AD
Currently alive, at 60 years of age.

Nationality: Japanese
Categories: Novelists, Writers

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1954 - Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on 8th of November.

1960 - He came to Britain when his father began research at the National Institute of Oceanography, and was educated at a grammar school for boys in Surrey.

1976 - He was also employed as a community worker in Glasgow, and after graduating worked as a residential social worker in London.

1982 - He studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, a member of the postgraduate course run by Malcolm Bradbury, where he met Angela Carter, who became an early mentor.

       - His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, narrated by a Japanese widow living in England, draws on the destruction and rehabilitation of Nagasaki. It was awarded the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.

1983 - After the publication of his first novel, he was nominated by Granta magazine as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Writers'.

1986 - It was followed by An Artist of the Floating World, which explores Japanese national attitudes to the Second World War through the story of former artist Masuji Ono, haunted by his military past. It won the Whitbread Book of the Year award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

1989 - His third novel, The Remains of the Day, is set in post-war England, and tells the story of an elderly English butler confronting disillusionment as he recalls a life spent in service, memories viewed against a backdrop of war and the rise of Fascism.

       - It was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction, and was subsequently made into an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

1995 - His next novel, The Unconsoled, a formally inventive narrative in which a concert pianist struggles to fulfil a schedule of rehearsals and performances in an unnamed European city, was awarded the Cheltenham Prize.

2000 - His fifth novel, When We Were Orphans, is set in Shanghai in the early part of the twentieth century, and is narrated by a private detective investigating his parents' disappearance in the city some 20 years earlier. It was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize for Fiction.

2005 - He lives in London with his wife and daughter. His latest novel is Never Let Me Go, and he has also completed his first full-length screenplay for The Saddest Music in the World, a melodrama set, starring Isabella Rossellini.


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