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    Kazuo & Naomi Ishiguro in Conversation

    Until 12 Apr
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    Sir Kazuo Ishiguro
    Howard Sooley

    Father and daughter Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro make a rare appearance to discuss their newly published novels and writing across the generations.

    They are in conversation with journalist Razia Iqbal.

    One of the most anticipated publications of the year, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro is his first novel since winning the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

    It tells the story of an ‘Artificial Friend’ of exceptional observational abilities, who awaits selection by a human companion.

    A masterful and moving meditation on hope, humanity and our capacity for connection, Klara and the Sun is a novel of universal resonance.

    Following her acclaimed short story collection Escape Routes, Naomi Ishiguro’s debut novel Common Ground champions the principles of solidarity and friendship across cultural boundaries.

    Posing timely questions about the erosion of public space, and who the actual land of England belongs to, it tells the story of a friendship between two characters from very different backgrounds.

    As it opens in 2003, we meet Stan, a child from suburbia struggling with bullies at school, and Charlie, a Romany boy with a fierce intellect and a nose for local history, who lives on the Traveller site on the outskirts of town.

    The two form a bond that we follow into adulthood, when as 20-somethings trying to make it in the hostile, neoliberal landscape of London in the 2010s, they discover just how different the opportunities that society is prepared to offer them really are.

    Coming together for the first time ever for a joint event, Kazuo Ishiguro and Naomi Ishiguro reflect on the universal questions their novels explore, from what it means to love, to what we owe each other in friendship and loyalty.

    Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many awards and honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize.

    His work has been translated into over 50 languages.

    The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go were made into acclaimed films.

    Naomi Ishiguro was born in London, in 1992.

    Her first collection of stories, Escape Routes, was published to critical acclaim in the spring of 2020.

    This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

    Naomi Ishiguro, author
    Rosie Powell
    Naomi Ishiguro Photo by Rosie Powell

    Naomi Ishiguro

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    Copies of Klara and the Sun are available for £20. Copies of Common Ground are available for £16.99. The books are sent out by Foyles via post (postage is included in the price).

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