Guardian discussion with Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day, and, more recently, Never Let Me Go, is in conversation with John Mullan over on the Guardian Culture Vulture podcast. I’ve never read an Ishiguro book, but I was interested to hear his comments in the context of the nexus he’s made between literary fiction and science fiction (though that nexus may well be in the eye of the beholder; it sounds, to me, like Never Let Me Go is straight science fiction).

Book labelling aside, this is a fairly interesting account of the ideas behind the novel; though I got the impression that Ishiguro thinks clones are somehow different to ‘normal’ human beings, when they should be identical (as a twin would be), but I’m sure that’s just fancy on my part. Keep listening to the end. He makes some comments about the craft of storytelling that I found startling.

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Ian Hocking

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2 thoughts on “Guardian discussion with Kazuo Ishiguro”

  1. Someone else who hasn’t read a book by Kazuo Ishiguro! I always feel I should read one, but have not been able to get down to it.

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