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An Artist of the Floating World (1986)

por Kazuo Ishiguro

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As Japan rebuilds her cities after the calamity of World War II, the celebrated painter Masuji Ono should be enjoying a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to a life and career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism, a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.
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“It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of a world when one doubts its very validity.”

I’ve read other books by Ishiguro and although he is clearly a very talented author, who has won numerous awards, I just don’t gel with his writing style. I find his books always have a very powerful and important meaning but they are too slow and cautious for me to become immersed and fully engaged.

For me, ‘An Artist’ lacked any real emotion or excitement. The ponderings of the protagonist meandered along slowly but did not build to any memorable event or significant revelation which unfortunately, at times, became a bit of a boring blur.

What I did find interesting was the stark difference between the views and beliefs of the two main generations. The protagonist had rose-tinted glasses for the pre-war days where class and power were paramount. The next generation were damaged (both physically and mentally) by the war and held resentment for the imperial past and those who thought their sacrifice was worthy.

Overall an interesting read but not something I would recommend. ( )
  moosenoose | Apr 4, 2024 |
Brilliant on many levels, an artist who allowed his work to be used by Japan to enter and pursue war.
Now in later life he finds himself on the wrong side of history ( )
  ChrisGreenDog | Nov 7, 2023 |
An Artist of the Floating World (1986) is a novel by British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It is set in post-World War II Japan and is narrated by Masuji Ono, an ageing painter, who looks back on his life and how he has lived it. He notices how his once-great reputation has faltered since the war and how attitudes towards him and his paintings have changed. The chief conflict deals with Ono's need to accept responsibility for his past actions, rendered politically suspect in the context of post-War Japan. The novel ends with the narrator expressing good will for the young white-collar workers on the streets at lunchbreak. The novel also deals with the role of people in a rapidly changing political environment and with the assumption and denial of guilt.

The novel is considered as both historical fiction and global literature (Weltliteratur). It is considered historical fiction on account of its basis in a past that predates the author's own experiences, and it draws from historical facts. It is also considered global literature on account of its broad international market and its theme of how the world today is interconnected. (Wikipedia)
  Hoppetosse1 | Sep 10, 2023 |
Beautiful, slow and floaty like so many Ishiguro. ( )
  brakketh | May 18, 2023 |
Set in postwar Japan, this novel examines the life and career of an artist. His past is interpreted through the present, as he thinks back (or discusses) events in the past and their impact on the present. He is an unreliable narrator, and the interplay between his perceptions of himself and others' perceptions of him is one of the most fascinating aspects of the book -- not all mysteries are resolved, but then that is true of life. Japan in the immediate postwar era was undergoing a massive rethinking of its culture, and that is reflected in the novel. The prose is beautiful, the descriptions compelling, and the tone quite marvellous. In addition, this provides many examples of a traditional culture that was at that point starting to fade away. Wonderful book. ( )
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Ishiguro describes the genesis of his second novel by referring to his first: “There was a subplot in A Pale View of Hills about an old teacher who has to rethink the values on which he’s built his life. I said to myself, I would like to write a full-blown novel about a man in this situation – in this case, an artist whose career becomes contaminated because he happens to live at a certain time.” ... Ishiguro’s fiction has certainly mined the complexities involved in the unreliable, first-person narrator. An Artist of the Floating World is perhaps the supreme example of his art. It is, at face value, deeply Japanese, but many of its themes – secrecy, regret, discretion, hypocrisy and loss – are also to be found in the 20th-century English novel.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Guardian (UK), Robert McCrum (Jul 6, 2015)
 
“An Artist of the Floating World” is a sensitive examination of the turmoil in postwar Japan, a time when certainties were overturned, gender politics shifted, the hierarchy of the generations seemed to topple and even the geography of cities changed. All this is made more poignant when seen through the eyes of a man who is rejected by the future and who chooses to reject his own past.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Japan Times, Iain Maloney (Mar 7, 2015)
 
In the second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, the teacher of discredited values is the narrator and main character. Mr. Ono is a retired painter and art master, and as in A Pale View of Hills, the story bobs about between reminiscences of different periods of the hero's life. Not that Mr. Ono is a hero: in fact, he is the least admirable and sympathetic of Ishiguro's chief characters, an opportunist and timeserver, adapting his views and even his artistic style to the party in power. So it comes that in the Thirties he deserts his first, westernizing master of painting for the strict, old-fashioned style and patriotic content of the imperialist, propaganda art.
adicionada por kidzdoc | editarThe New York Review of Books, Gabrielle Annan (sítio Web pago) (Dec 7, 1989)
 
It is not unusual to find new novels by good writers, novels with precise wording, witty phrases, solid characterizations, scenes that engage. Good writers abound - good novelists are very rare. Kazuo Ishiguro is that rarity. His second novel, ''An Artist of the Floating World,'' is the kind that stretches the reader's awareness, teaching him to read more perceptively.
adicionada por kidzdoc | editarThe New York Times, Kathryn Morton (Jun 8, 1986)
 
The year 1945, like 1830 and 1914, now seems a natural watershed – above all in countries which experienced national defeat, social upheaval and military occupation. An Artist of the Floating World, a beautiful and haunting novel by the author of A Pale View of the Hills, consists of the rambling reminiscences of a retired painter set down at various dates in the Japan of the late Forties. Americanisation is in full swing, national pride has been humbled, and the horror of the bombed cities and the loss of life is beginning to be counted. The young soldiers who came back from the war are turning into loyal corporation men, eager to forget the Imperial past and to dedicate the remainder of their lives to resurgent capitalism. Ishiguro’s narrator, Masuji Ono, has lost his wife and son but lives on with two daughters, one of whom is married. Were it not for his anxieties over his second daughter’s marriage negotiations, Ono could be left to subside into the indolence of old age. As it is, ‘certain precautionary steps’ must be taken against the investigations to be pursued, as a matter of course, by his prospective son-in-law. The past has its guilty secrets which Ono must slowly and reluctantly bring back to consciousness.
adicionada por kidzdoc | editarThe London Review of Books, Patrick Parrinder (sítio Web pago) (Feb 6, 1986)
 

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Broek, C.A.G. van denTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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If one has failed only where others have not had the courage or will to try, there is a consolation—indeed, a deep satisfaction—to be gained from this observation when looking back over one’s life. (Masuji Ono)
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It is not necessary that artists always occupy a decadent and enclosed world. My conscience, Sensei, tells me I cannot remain forever an artist of the floating world.’
'...our contribution was always marginal. No one cares now what the likes of you and me once did. They look at us and see only two old men with their sticks.’ He smiled at me, then went on feeding the fish. ‘We’re the only ones who care now. The likes of you and me, Ono, when we look back over our lives and see they were flawed, we’re the only ones who care now.’
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