My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs by Kazuo Ishiguro

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

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 and film. Ending with a rallying call for the ongoing importance of literat...


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TitleMy Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs
ISBN9780571346554
Author
Release DateDec 8th, 2017
PublisherFaber & Faber
GenreNonfiction, Literature, Asian Literature, Japanese Literature, European Literature, British Literature, Writing, Essays
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  • Ammar
    1970-01-01
    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 to with his parents when he was 5 years old. How very different it is from today. And how the community accepted them even though he was the only Japanese in his school...
  • Akylina
    1970-01-01
    "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 from beyond our comfort zones of the elite first world cultures. [...] Second: we must take great care not to set too narrowly or conservatively our definitions of wha...
  • John
    1970-01-01
    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, publish, recommend, denounce and give awards to books. If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today a...
  • Freddy
    1970-01-01
    “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 is the way it feels to me. Can you understand what I’m saying? Does it also feel this way to you?’”
  • Aňa
    1970-01-01
    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 and at the same time very humble. Makes some interesting points on how 'quiet, private sparks of revelation' come to a writer (or any person, for that matter). Def...
  • tomwrote
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Jason Wilson
    1970-01-01
    Ishiguro’s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki .
  • Ryan Roberts
    1970-01-01
    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career.
  • Dana
    1970-01-01
    Encouraging and inspiring.
  • Rita Ciresi
    1970-01-01
    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer.