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An Artist of the Floating World (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679722663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 19th, 1989

This book has everything I love about Ishiguro’s novels -- trenchant moral commentary, nefarious undertones, and an unreliable (yet unnervingly sympathetic) narrator. Ono, a retired artist living in 1948 Japan, is just beginning to settle into his post-war life. However, he continues to grapple with the nature of his art during the war, one which was fixated on the ephemerality of the “floating world” - that is, Japanese nightlife. Ono is a disarming character, one who exists in the greys of moral quandaries that represent how someone of his generation deals with their involvement in war. A lovely book that touches on thorny questions.