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Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘An Artist of the Floating World’.
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As I may have mentioned, I started reading this partly because of it being the inspiration behind Tomato’s next book, but also because I’d read ‘Never Let Me Go’ earlier in the year, and the thought of revisiting an earlier work by the same author was interesting.

It doesn’t disappoint. Not for a moment. Lyrical, observed and painting an engaing portrait of Japan before and immediately after the 2nd World War, this is particularly apposite reading alongside Channel 4’s broadcast of Niall Ferguson’s ‘The War of the World‘, tracing as it does an ‘alternate’ take on the forces that shaped militarism in Japan and the world in general during the 20th century.

And in the song of the week slot(much missed, I know), here’s an article from the Daily Telegraph on Leonard Cohen which contains the marvellous Cohenian observation:

“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”

(and if anyone wants to know – no, I didn’t get it)

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