PREVIEW: Kazuo Ishiguro

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In order to celebrate his newest publication, The Buried Giant, bestselling novelist Kazuo Ishiguro is bringing the party to Ann Arbor!!! Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, but moved to England at a very early age. His cross-cultured background often plays a huge role in his most popular books, including “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” both which have been turned into highly acclaimed films.

The talk, part of the Zell Visiting Writers Series, will be focused mostly on the release of the new novel, which relays the mystical journey of Axl and Beatrice across a declining Saxon England in search of their missing son. But if you haven’t read it yet (I haven’t either), don’t let that stop you from going!!! I’m in a class right now (Modern British Travel Narratives) and we are currently reading “The Remains of the Day,” a book that has touched me with its language so tenderly. Somehow, Ishiguro makes his reader feel so much for a stolid butler who hardly shows his emotions at all. Kazuo Ishiguro is a master of words and no doubt, an inspiration to all practicing writers.

*This event is free, but because of the expected crowd, tickets must be shown at the door. Tickets are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (or 734-763-TKTS).

What: Kazuo Ishiguro Reading

Where: University of Michigan Museum of Art; within the Forum Entrance (the modern entrance by the sculpture)

When: Thursday, March 26 at 6-7. (Book signing will take place earlier from 5-6).

How Much?: Free! But don’t forget to present your ticket!!!

More info about the event can be found here!

And check out this awesome Paris Review interview with Ishiguro in the meantime!