As a teenager, the author of The Remains of the Day aspired to be a rock star...but now, instead, writes delicate, subtle, "perfect" novels about the suppression of feelings and emotion.
Born in Japan in 1954, Kazuo Ishiguro has lived in England since he was six years old. He is considered one of the leading figures in the new generation of British novelists that includes such writers as Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, and Salman Rushdie.
Ishiguro's first novel, A Pale View of the Hills was hailed as "a first novel of uncommon delicacy..., and extremely quiet study of extreme emotional turbulence." (Times Literary Supplement) It has been translated into 13 languages. His second, An Artist of the Floating World, won the esteemed Whitbread Book of the Year prize in 1986. The Remains of the Day received the 1989 Booker Prize--England's top literary award--and the film version was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
The author's long-awaited new novel, The Unconsoled, is being published by Knopf.