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Nocturnes : Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

By (author) Kazuo Ishiguro

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One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character. A once-popular singer, desperate to make a comeback, turning from the one certainty in his life . . . A man whose unerring taste in music is the only thing his closest friends value in him . . . A struggling singer-songwriter unwittingly involved in the failing marriage of a couple he's only just met . . . A gifted, underappreciated jazz musician who lets himself believe that plastic surgery will help his career . . . A young cellist whose tutor promises to "unwrap" his talent . . . Passion or necessity--or the often uneasy combination of the two--determines the place of music in each of these lives. And, in one way or another, music delivers each of them to a moment of reckoning: sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes just eluding their grasp. An exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, "Nocturnes "reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed works of fiction.

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  • Hardback | 221 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
  • 22 Sep 2009
  • Three Rivers Press
  • New York
  • English
  • 0307271021
  • 9780307271020
  • 751,553

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Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six previous novels, including Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize and was adapted into an award-winning film. Ishiguro’s work has been translated into forty languages. In 1995 he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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Reviews from the UK: "A brilliant new book . . . Art, its dangers, its pains and its gaiety [are] all topics seriously considered in this accomplished book." -Frank Kermode, "London Review of Books " "Spellbinding . . . Each of these stories is heartbreaking in its own way, but some have moments of great comedy, and they all require a level of attention that, typically, Ishiguro's writing rewards . . . The final story [is] exquisite." -"Observer ""By now it is clear that this exquisite stylist is serious in his pursuit of a minimal-perhaps even universal-mode of expression for the emotional experiences that define our lives as human. "Nocturnes" is a set of poised and playful reflections on the falling away of sentiment . . . These stories recall Ishiguro's best known novel, "The Remains of the Day." In their surreal touches they resonate with "The Unconsoled." And in their deceptively simple exploration of love and loss, they build on the achievement of "Nev

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