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Kazuo Ishiguro discusses the difficulty of creating authentic fictional worlds, growing up in the shadow of the atomic bomb and the moral crisis of post-war Japan.


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An Artist of the Floating World (1986) looks back to Ishiguro’s first novel, A Pale View of Hills (1982) and anticipates his third, The Remains of the Day (1989). The painter Ono worries about a possible interference in his daughter marriage negotiations as a consequence of his support to the nationalist government, which compels him to undertake a self-evaluation of his career.


The story takes place in post World War II Japan and is written from the perspective Masuji Ono, an accomplished and esteemed artist, as he comes to terms with Japan’s swift and drastic transformation brought on by the post-war generation.