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Sir Kazuo Ishiguro on Self-Censorship

“I very much fear for the younger generation of writers,” Sir Kazuo Ishiguro told the BBC.

 

 

The 66-year-old author and Nobel prize winner is concerned that writers, especially younger, less-established writers, were self-censoring by avoiding writing from certain viewpoints and characters outside their immediate experiences in an attempt to avoid being “canceled” or “trolled” on the internet. “I think that it is a sad state of affairs,” he adds.

His comments come during a time when authors such as Jenine Cummins and Julie Burchill have come under fire for comments they have made. His specific worry is that young writers “rightly perhaps feel that their careers are more fragile, their reputations are more fragile, and they don’t want to take risks.”

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When asked if he believed he could be canceled, Ishiguro said, “I think I’m in a privileged and relatively protected position because I’m a very established author. I’m the age I am. I have a reputation. Perhaps it is an illusion, but I think I am protected.” He does indeed have the reputation. Receiving the Nobel prize for Literature in 2017 and knighthood in 2019, Sir Kazuo has enjoyed a career spanning 40 years, penning critically acclaimed works such as Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day.

 

 

“Novelists should feel free to write from whichever viewpoint they wish or represent all kinds of views,” he asserts, “right from an early age, I’ve written from the point of view of people very different than me. My first novel was written from the point of view of a woman.” This is about his first novel, A Pale View of Hills, about a Japanese mother dealing with the aftermath of her daughter’s suicide.

While Ishiguro insists that authors should be free to write whatever they want, he does see the other side of the coin: “I think there are very valid parts of the argument about appropriation of voices. We do have an obligation to teach ourselves and to do research and to treat people with respect if we’re going to have them feature in our work.” He also states that he believes that there must be “decency towards people outside of one’s own immediate experience.” Ishiguro concludes that there should be a more open discussion on cancel culture and freedom of speech.

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Sir Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel Klara and the Sun, about a solar-powered robot that befriends a teenage girl, is set to be released today, March 2nd, 2021.

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Team Scores TV Rights to Kazuo Ishiguro Book

Though he may have just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro might have just reached an even loftier milestone—one of his books is being made into a TV show. Caryn Mandabach Productions, the production company behind Peaky Blinders, has acquired the TV rights for When We Were Orphans.

 

When We Were Orphans is a detective novel which follows Christopher Banks as he tries to solve the mystery behind his parents’ disappearance when he was growing up in Shanghai. Though Ishiguro has said, “It’s not my best book,” he only has good things to say regarding the adaptation.

 

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Ishiguro, who will be executive producing the series, said

 

TV has now become such an exciting way to tell stories – so much is possible – and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the company that gave us Peaky Blinders developing my London/Shanghai ‘detective novel.’

 

Caryn Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook will join Ishiguro as executive producers on the project. Glazebrook had this to say,

Each one of Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpieces contains a world so vivid that one feels one has lived inside it. When We Were Orphans is no exception – a psychological thriller like no other that extends across continents into the heart of a war.”=

 

Never Let Me Go, which starred Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, is a pretty well-loved adaptation, so here’s to hoping the Peaky Blinders crew can match it in quality. Ishiguro may doubt the quality of his book, but hopefully he’ll like the TV show better.

 

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Kazuo Ishiguro Wrote a Screenplay About a Guy Who Eats a Ghost

Kazuo Ishiguro won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature. With novels like An Artist of the Floating World and Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro’s win was much-deserved.

 

It’s also kind of surprising considering, in the 1980s, he wrote a screenplay for the BBC about a guy who eats a ghost. It was called The Gourmet and it actually sounds kind of cool. When he’s not writing about artists during World War II or doomed clones, Ishiguro apparently likes writing about obsessive foodies (a.k.a. gourmets) in London searching for unusual dishes.

 

The main character is Manley who has a “large, formidable British upper-class presence.” He goes to a London soup kitchen inside a church armed with a wok and a butterfly net. He is on the hunt. Someone alerted him to the fact that the soup kitchen has a resident ghost.

 

Having already tried the world’s strangest foods, he must try food “not of this earth.” After some waiting, a homeless person approaches him with a “friendly, cheeky face.” Manley decides that this man is the ghost, and does what he came to do. He kills him. And then eats him.

 

It turns out the man actually was the ghost. He had been murdered eighty years prior in the same church so his organs could be harvested. It’s an idea Ishiguro eventually returned to in Never Let Me Go, where the clones are produced for their organs.

 

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When Manley wakes up the next morning, he is extremely sick. He gets better, drives off in his Rolls Royce, and plans a trip to Iceland. As one does after eating a ghost. Even though it’s about a snobby gourmet who’s hungry for ghost flesh, Ishiguro does touch upon some of the themes that he’s become so well-known for. Though The Gourmet was never shot, it’s such a delightfully odd story, it’s not hard to imagine. Maybe with his recent Nobel nab, the BBC will have a restored interest in the screenplay. Here’s to hoping!

 

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