An Artist of the Floating World

by Kazuo Ishiguro

In An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan, “a floating world” of changing cultural behaviors, shifting societal patterns and troublingquestions.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 206 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.72 out of 5
  • Published March 3rd 2005 by Faber and Faber
  • Original Title: An Artist of the Floating World
  • ISBN: 0571225365 (ISBN13: 9780571225361)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Masuji Ono
  • Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (1986)
  • Whitbread Award for Novel and Book of the Year (1986)
  • حائزة على جائزة ويتبريد لعام (1986)
  • حائزة على جائزة ساكنو الإيطالية لعام (1995)

In An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan, “a floating world” of changing cultural behaviors, shifting societal patterns and troubling questions. Ishiguro, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 but moved to England in 1960, writes the story of Masuji Ono, a bohemian artist and purveyor of the night life who became a propagandist for Japanese imperialism during the war. But the war is over. Japan lost, Ono’s wife and son have been killed, and many young people blame the imperialists for leading the country to disaster. What’s left for Ono? Ishiguro’s treatment of this story earned a 1986 Whitbread Prize.