Kazuo Ishiguro

There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.

– Kazuo Ishiguro



born in Nagasaki, Japan,  November 08, 1954


gender: male



influences: Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ or 石黒 一雄) is a British novelist of a Japanese origin. His family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor’s degree from University of Kent in 1978 and his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. He now lives in London.

Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel The Remains of the Day.

8 thoughts on “Kazuo Ishiguro

  1. November 8, 1954: Happy 59th birthday, Kazuo Ishiguro! Born in Japan and raised in England, the celebrated novelist has held a variety of jobs. During his gap year between high school and college, he worked briefly as a grouse beater at the queen’s castle, Balmoral. When his first book, A Pale View of the Hills, was published, he still had a job as a social worker.

  2. I’ve only ONE life to live, and it’s MY life. What strength in these simple words!

    • You might like this, too:
      “What can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished? The hard reality is, surely, that for the likes of you and I, there is little choice other than to leave our fate, ultimately, in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of this world who employ our services. What is the point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”
      ― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

  3. It’s a great line isn’t it! I’ve always been fascinated by Ishiguro – a Japanese man who wrote the book that so defines the British reticence and stiff upperlippedness [is that a word?] ……… I was living in the UK when I read it and it so explained the people to me!!

    • Since he moved when he was 13 or 14, I guess he was more british than japanese.
      “It is sometimes said that butlers only truly exist in England. Other countries, whatever title is actually used, have only manservants. I tend to believe this is true. Continentals are unable to be butlers because they are as a breed incapable of the emotional restraint which only the English race are capable of. Continentals – and by and large the Celts, as you will no doubt agree – are as a rule unable to control themselves in moments of a strong emotion, and are thus unable to maintain a professional demeanour other than in the least challenging of situations.
      If I may return to my earlier metaphor – you will excuse my putting it so coarsely – they are like a man who will, at the slightest provocation, tear off his suit and his shirt and run about screaming. IN a word, “dignity” is beyond such persons. We English have an important advantage over foreigners in this respect and it is for this reason that when you think of a great butler, he is bound, almost by definition, to be an Englishman.”
      ― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

      • Goodness, do you know that off by heart? My observations at that time were that he understood the English psyche more deeply than the English themselves …. He’s right about the Celts too – that’s my lineage – no restraint whatsoever! 🙂

        Maybe he is just a top notch observer all round!

  4. I’m so glad he lives his life ….

  5. I chose you dear friend, please pay it forward with love and kindness, in line with who you are. http://theothersideofugly.com/2013/11/09/another-year-of-honor-as-a-blogger/

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