An artist of the floating world / Kazuo Ishiguro.
Publication year: 2016
Edition: 30th aniversary edition.
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2016.
ISBN: 9780571330386 (pbk.) :
Previous edition: 1986.
The year is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of WW2. Masuji Ono, the celebrated painter, reflects on a life and career touched by the rise of Japanese militarism.
xiii, 206 pages ; 20 cm
Milebush book group rated this book 3.5/5. Those who had visited Japan particularly enjoyed it with its beautifully written descriptions of the Japanese landscape, providing clear pictures of local scenes. The book is narrated by a a bohemian artist who became a part of the Japanese night life. He looks both backward and forward at the floating world with its cultural and society changes, coming to terms with the behaviour of Japan in World war 2. This makes the novel rather rambling in style and not always easy to follow. However the view overall was an interesting read.
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