An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

Paperback - 2013
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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017

It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War Two, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated artist, Masuji Ono, fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson; his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.

If you enjoyed An Artist of the Floating World , you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day , now available in Faber Modern Classics.

Publisher: London :, Faber,, 2013
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9780571283873
Branch Call Number: FIC ISH
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 20 cm


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Sep 04, 2018

The earlier version of "Remains of the Day" but with a less satisfying ending.

theorbys Dec 10, 2013

Well written and interesting, especially for people like myself who regularly read Japanese literature (even if this is from England). It's subtle but not very strong. I don't know if I will read any more Ishiguro, maybe.

Jun 11, 2013

An elderly master painter looks back upon his life and his involvement in the war. A book of remorse in the end tinged with hopefulness and the ability of the human spirit to recover.

samutavi Oct 03, 2012

The language of this novel is so graceful. The protagonist is clearly rendered, but the strokes are abstract. It is the story of an artist that reads like a painting. That last sentence may not make sense outside of my own head, but it is exactly how I felt reading this book. Lovely.

Jan 31, 2012

True to Ishiguro's style, the novel is told in a foggy first-person narrative full of regret, honesty, doubt, and self-deception. Although the narrator is unreliable, the drastic changes in pre-war and post-war Japan are skillfully depicted.


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Jan 31, 2012

"The best things, he always used to say, are put together of a night and vanish with the morning. What people call the floating world, Ono, was a world Gisaburo knew how to value."

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