A stunning story collection from one of Britain’s most prized writers
Described by the New York Times as ‘an original and remarkable genius,’ Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six novels, including Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day.
In Nocturnes, a sublime story cycle, he explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time. From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the ‘hush-hush floor’ of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning.
Gentle, initmate and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting them: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life’s romance, even as one gets older, relationships founder and youthful hopes recede.
Read by Trevor White, Ian Porter, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Adam Kotz and Neil Pearson.
“A fine and moving collection of stories, displaying his unique combination of the sad, the stoic and the consoling. It’s about failure, but it dignifies failure, and with it, the human condition”
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“These stories come up on you quietly, but then haunt you for days”
“A lovely, clever book about the passage of time and the soaring notes that makes its journey worthwhile”
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Biography152Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of six novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, shortlisted for the Booker Prize).
Kazuo Ishiguro’s work has been translated into thirty languages. The Remains of the Day became an international bestseller, with over one million copies sold in the English language alone, and was adapted into an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
In 1995 Ishiguro received an OBE for services to literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.