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‘The Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Goes in a Whole New Direction: Medieval Fantasy

Writer Kazuo Ishiguro is known for crossing genres. He’s best known for his 1989 Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day – about an unspoken love between an English butler and a housekeeper – and for 2005’s Never Let Me Go – set in a dystopian future where schoolchildren are cloned. Both novels were […]

Writer Kazuo Ishiguro is known for crossing genres. He’s best known for his 1989 Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Dayabout an unspoken love between an English butler and a housekeeper – and for 2005’s Never Let Me Go – set in a dystopian future where schoolchildren are cloned. Both novels were turned into blockbuster movies.

His seventh – and newest – novel, The Buried Giant, is his first in ten years and goes in whole different direction: it’s a medieval fantasy with dragons and knights.

The Buried Giant tells the story of an elderly couple named Axl and Beatrice, and explores a fine balance of relationships: how far do you go to uncover a truth if the journey might break you apart? And what memories – in a relationship or as a nation – are worth preserving? And what memories are best forgotten?

Ishiguro read from the book recently at the Wortham Center as part of Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Houston Public Media’s St. John Flynn chatted with him by phone prior to the event and asked him to set up the book’s premise.

MORE: St. John Flynn’s extended interview with Kazuo Ishiguro

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