Ono, an artist who had put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II, struggles through the devastation of that war. His memories of his youth and of the "floating world"--the nocturnal realm of pleasure, entertainment, and drink--offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise as an artist. Drifting in disgrace in postwar Japan, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward.
"Good writers abound--good novelists are very rare. Kazuo Ishiguro is that rarity... An Artist of the Floating World is the kind [of book] that stretches the reader's awareness, teaching him to read more perceptively."
--New York Times Book Review
NOMINEE - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 1986 - Whitbread Book of the Year
FINALIST 1986 - Man Booker Prize
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of five novels, including The Remains of the Day, an international bestseller that won the Booker Prize and was adapted into an award-winning film. Ishiguro's work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 1995, he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.