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In this debut novel from acclaimed Booker Prize-winning Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go), post-war Japan serves as the haunting backdrop to a subtle story of memory, suicide, and psychological trauma.
Etsuko lives alone in rural England, trying to come to terms with the recent suicide of her daughter, Keiko. A visit from her other daughter Niki sends Etsuko retreating into the depths of her memory. She finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki, when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the horrors of the bomb and World War Two. But when her thoughts turn to her strange friendship with Sachiko and Sachiko's daughter Mariko, the memories begin to take on a disturbing cast.
As Etsuko examines her relationship with her daughters and struggles to cope with her guilt, the lines between the past and the present - between Etsuko's own daughter and Mariko, between reality and recollection - start to blur. Read the evocative and atmospheric novel that began Kazuo Ishiguro's illustrious literary career.
Winner of the Winifred Holtby Prize in 1982, A Pale View of the Hills is still haunting readers decades later.
If you enjoyed A Pale View of the Hills, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.
ISBN: 9780571258253 ISBN-10: 0571258255 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 192 Published: 1st August 2010 Publisher: Faber and Faber Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.5
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 3
About the Author
Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of seven novels, A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Primio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) Never Let Me Go (2005, shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize), and The Buried Giant (2015), as well as a book of stories, Nocturnes (2009).
He received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995, and the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998. In 2017, he was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature