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04-21-15 : Kazuo Ishiguro Unearths 'The Buried Giant'

The Mist of Myth and Memory

We meet ourselves.

"You," Kazuo Ishiguro writes in the opening of his latest novel, 'The Buried Giant,' "would have searched long time for the sort of winding lane or tranquil meadow for which England later became celebrated." You — the reader — will quickly twig to the fact that there is a teller of this story. Someone may be remembering their life; perhaps you.

Memory is much in the mind of our storyteller in 'The Buried Giant,' or the lack thereof.

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".... by the time I was writing this novel, the lines between what was fantasy and what was real had blurred for me..."
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It had been ten years since I last spoke with Kazuo Ishiguro, about his novel 'Never Let Me Go.' I was happily surprised to see that his new novel, 'The Buried Giant,' was also using elements of the fantastic. In this case he was employing the tropes of fantasy — more Greek myth than Celtic, in spite of the post-Arthurian setting.
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"...said to have been found in the arms of a dead German sailor..."
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