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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Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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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