My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture by Kazuo Ishiguro

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture

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...

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  • John
    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, recommen...
  • Aňa
    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 sa...
  • Ammar
    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 parent...
  • Freddy
    “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 th...
  • Akylina
    "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 c...
  • tomwrote
    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....
  • Annikky
    4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course)....
  • Zulekha Saqib
    '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...
  • Michael
    Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer. That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in turn gives this lectu...

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