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An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

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From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day

In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.

Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the floating world--the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink--offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 09/19/1989
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.51lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.20w x 0.59d
ISBN: 9780679722663

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7.1
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 78277 / Artist of the Floating World


Review Citation(s):
Commonweal 12/07/2001 pg. 24

About the Author
Kazuo Ishiguro is the 2017 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. Both The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have sold more than 1 million copies, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. Ishiguro's other work includes The Buried Giant, Nocturnes, A Pale View of the Hills, and An Artist of the Floating World.

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