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Sir Kazuo Ishiguro (born 8 November 1954) is a Nobel Prize-winning British novelist, screenwriter, and short-story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan; his family moved to the UK in 1960.




“Poor creatures. What did we do to you? With all our schemes and plans?” ― Kazuo Ishiguro

“If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.”

― Kazuo Ishiguro

“As a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened” ― Kazuo Ishiguro

“The world is crawling with authors touring now. They’re like performance artists.” — Kazuo Ishiguro


“I felt I had almost written myself into a corner. You could say I’d rewritten the same novel three times and I thought I had to move on. The success of the book, and then the movie, had by then also created a commercial expectation and I remember touring America and seeing people in the audiences who I thought might not want to read the books I wanted to write next. My constituency had become broader, but more mysterious to me.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“When you become a parent, or a teacher, you turn into a manager of this whole system. You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child, regulating it.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“I used to think when I was in my teens I was very different from my father, but now I see that what we do is probably quite similar.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“It is only when you have discovered the other person’s status that you know how to address and treat them.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“Until then, I was knocking on doors. Afterward, my wife and I started to get a different kind of dinner invitation altogether.” —Kazuo Ishiguro

“Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory,.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro


“The idea of a successful novel was something that was reviewed in the Observer and then sank without trace. Literature wasn’t a happening thing in those days. Music and fringe theatre and television playwriting were far more exciting.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“I work very regular hours, roughly 9 to 5:30. I think I have it much easier than a lot of parents. I just sit at home.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

“You say you’re sure? Sure that you’re in love? How can you know it? You think love is so simple? ” ― Kazuo Ishiguro

“The evening’s the best part of the day. You’ve done your day’s work. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro

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