An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
An Artist of the Floating World is a sensitive examination of the turmoil in post-World War II Japan, a time when certainties were overturned, gender politics shifted and the hierarchy of the generations seemed to topple. In the build up to the war Masuji Ono, a promising and devoted artist, had broken away from the teaching of his master to get involved in far-right politics. Now an ageing father, grandfather and widower, Ono notices how his once great reputation has faltered, and how attitudes towards him and his paintings have changed. This is a poignant story of a man who lived through the extravagance of the “pleasure era” and who must now choose to reject his past.
The novel was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award the same year.
We will enjoy tea & coffee during the meeting and the book is for sale in the Chester Beatty Library gift shop. Members will receive a 10% discount.