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In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II. Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world" - the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink - offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.



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Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro (???????? or ?? ??) is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature (2017) . His family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. He now lives in London. His first novel, , won the 1982 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. His second novel, , won the 1986 Whitbread Prize. Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel . His fourth novel, , won the 1995 Cheltenham Prize. His latest novel is , a New York Times bestseller. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017. His novels (2000) , and (2005) were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.



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