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Kazuo Ishiguro

Geburtstag: 8. November 1954

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Kazuo Ishiguro OBE ist ein britischer Schriftsteller japanischer Herkunft. Sein dritter und berühmtester Roman Was vom Tage übrigblieb wurde 1989 mit dem Booker Prize ausgezeichnet. Er wurde ebenso verfilmt wie der 2005 erschienene Roman Alles, was wir geben mussten. Im Jahr 2017 erhielt Ishiguro den Nobelpreis für Literatur. Die Schwedische Akademie würdigte ihn als einen Schriftsteller, „der in Romanen von starker emotionaler Wirkung den Abgrund in unserer vermeintlichen Verbundenheit mit der Welt aufgedeckt hat“.

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„There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.“

—  Kazuo Ishiguro
Interviews, Context: I have a sense of having just left without saying goodbye, and of this whole other world just kind of fading away. … I have the feeling of this completely alternative person I should have become. There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one. On growing up in England, having left Japan at age 5. Conversation with , The Writer http://www.writermag.com/, volume 114, number 5, May 2001, collected in Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro, p. 189 https://books.google.com/books?id=lvuteIrz7JUC&pg=PA189&dq=%22there+was+another+life+that+i+might+have+had,+but+I%E2%80%99m+having+this+one%22

„What is the point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.“

—  Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day (1989), Context: It is now some twenty minutes since the man left, but I have remained here on this bench to await the event that has just taken place – namely, the switching on of the pier lights. As I say, the happiness with which the pleasure-seekers gathering on this pier greeted this small event would tend to vouch for the correctness of my companion’s words; for a great many people, the evening is the most enjoyable part of the day. Perhaps, then, there is something to his advice that I should cease looking back so much, that I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of my day. After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished? The hard reality is, surely, that for the likes of you and I, there is little choice other than to leave our fate, ultimately, in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of this world who employ our services. What is the point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment. p. 244

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