My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture

Delivered in Stockholm on 7 December 2017, My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is the lecture of the Nobel Laureate in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro. A generous and hugely insightful biographical sketch, it explores his relationship with Japan, reflections on his own novels and an insight into some of his inspirations, from the worlds of writing, music Delivered in Stockholm on 7 December 2017, My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is the lecture of th...

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My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture Reviews

  • Mark
    Jan 24, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

    Encouraging and inspiring. ...

    I'll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I'll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will h...

    This slim tome is essentially the lecture given by Kazuo Ishiguro on receving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In it he lays out some key moments of his development as a writer. These include accepting his ancestral and more-or-less fictional image of his could-have-been-homelan...

    Stories can entertain, sometimes teach or argue a point. But for me the essential thing is that they communicate feelings. That they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. There are large glamorous industries around stories; the book industry, the movie...

  • Patty
    Jan 27, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

  • Joe
    Jun 09, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

  • M Pereira
    Apr 17, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

    Encouraging and inspiring. ...

    I'll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I'll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will h...

    This slim tome is essentially the lecture given by Kazuo Ishiguro on receving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In it he lays out some key moments of his development as a writer. These include accepting his ancestral and more-or-less fictional image of his could-have-been-homelan...

    Stories can entertain, sometimes teach or argue a point. But for me the essential thing is that they communicate feelings. That they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. There are large glamorous industries around stories; the book industry, the movie...

    I loved this so much that I read it twice in a row. I've always wondered what went on in the minds of authors and this little gem provided a glimpse into the thoughts of one of my favourites. In his refreshing style he delivers a lecture that is as much of a lesson as it is a story. He...

    I'm not familiar with Ishiguro, except that where I work publishes a few words of him from time to time. This nobel prize speech is a tome on the ideas of Englishness or any kind of national-ness that we might identify with. We have an idea of the old country and it warps with time...

  • Ammar
    Dec 22, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

  • Radwa
    Jan 18, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

  • Sam Quixote
    Feb 07, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

  • Taylor Davis
    May 22, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

    Encouraging and inspiring. ...

    I'll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I'll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will h...

    This slim tome is essentially the lecture given by Kazuo Ishiguro on receving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In it he lays out some key moments of his development as a writer. These include accepting his ancestral and more-or-less fictional image of his could-have-been-homelan...

    Stories can entertain, sometimes teach or argue a point. But for me the essential thing is that they communicate feelings. That they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. There are large glamorous industries around stories; the book industry, the movie...

    I loved this so much that I read it twice in a row. I've always wondered what went on in the minds of authors and this little gem provided a glimpse into the thoughts of one of my favourites. In his refreshing style he delivers a lecture that is as much of a lesson as it is a story. He...

    I'm not familiar with Ishiguro, except that where I work publishes a few words of him from time to time. This nobel prize speech is a tome on the ideas of Englishness or any kind of national-ness that we might identify with. We have an idea of the old country and it warps with time...

    I read this in Paris while waiting for a train to Strasbourg. Somehow that seems fitting. A short, insightful speech about the author's history, while still looking toward the younger generations to help guide us through the future. I enjoyed this immensely. ...

  • John
    Dec 19, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

  • tomwrote
    Jan 01, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

  • Rita Ciresi
    Dec 31, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

  • Rob
    May 10, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

    Encouraging and inspiring. ...

    I'll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I'll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will h...

    This slim tome is essentially the lecture given by Kazuo Ishiguro on receving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In it he lays out some key moments of his development as a writer. These include accepting his ancestral and more-or-less fictional image of his could-have-been-homelan...

  • Akylina
    Dec 31, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

  • Kate
    Feb 14, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

  • Annikky
    Jan 09, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

  • Andrew
    Feb 13, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

  • Ryan Roberts
    Jan 01, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

  • Freddy
    Dec 29, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

  • Matthew Holley
    Jan 11, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

  • Zulekha Saqib
    Jan 11, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

  • Michael
    Jan 14, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Mar 22, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

  • Marwan Hamed
    Feb 05, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

  • Monika
    Feb 27, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

    Encouraging and inspiring. ...

    I'll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I'll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will h...

    This slim tome is essentially the lecture given by Kazuo Ishiguro on receving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In it he lays out some key moments of his development as a writer. These include accepting his ancestral and more-or-less fictional image of his could-have-been-homelan...

    Stories can entertain, sometimes teach or argue a point. But for me the essential thing is that they communicate feelings. That they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. There are large glamorous industries around stories; the book industry, the movie...

    I loved this so much that I read it twice in a row. I've always wondered what went on in the minds of authors and this little gem provided a glimpse into the thoughts of one of my favourites. In his refreshing style he delivers a lecture that is as much of a lesson as it is a story. He...

  • The Bookaholic
    Feb 16, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

    Encouraging and inspiring. ...

    I'll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I'll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will h...

  • Pantelis
    Feb 22, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

  • Dana
    Dec 20, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

    Encouraging and inspiring. ...

  • Andreea Marin
    Jan 17, 2018

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

  • Jason Wilson
    Dec 26, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...

    Inspiration ...

    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...

    I?m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro?s fiction (yet) because I wasn?t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this ...

    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in tur...

    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...

    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...

    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...

    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...

    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...

  • Aňa
    Dec 19, 2017

    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...

    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...

    In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today. He describes the England that he moved ...

    A reliable narrator, after all... ...

    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...

    Such an inspiring little read! I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why! It's a biographical lecture about ...

    "If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices fro...

    MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE "But let me finish by making an appeal ? if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, pu...

    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...

    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course). ...

    'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give award...

    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...

    ?Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings? that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ?This ...

    An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent...