Quotations by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Born: Monday, November 8, 1954
Profession: Author
Nationality: Japanese


All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Children)

As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: People, Writer)

I couldn't speak Japanese very well, passport regulations were changing, I felt British, and my future was in Britain. And it would also make me eligible for literary awards. But I still think I'm regarded as one of their own in Japan.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Awards, Future, Literary)

I do feel part of that generation of people who were rather idealistic in the '70s and became disillusioned in the '80s. Not just about social services issues, but the world.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: People, World)

I felt slightly superior to student politics, for instance. I had no reason to think this, but I thought of myself as slightly more seasoned. I became quite cynical talking to my student friends.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Politics, Thought, Friends, Reason, Talking)

I had been plunged into a different world. I found myself spending half my time answering weird questions on book tours in the Midwest. People would stand up and explain to me the situation in their office and ask me whether they should resign or not.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Time, People, Office, Questions, World)

I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as a writer of fiction by writing all those songs. I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Fiction, Songs, Writer, Writing)

I was a little concerned that a lot of people thought I wrote Merchant Ivory movies. I also thought if I was ever going to write something strange and difficult, that was the time.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Time, Movies, Thought, People)

I'm very fortunate in that I don't have money problems. I have lunch with my wife at home. I don't have to commute, so I have much more time with my family.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Family, Money, Time, Home, Wife, Problems)

If you look at my last songs and first short stories, there is a real connection between them.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Connection, First, Songs)

Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Memory, Writing)

My friends and I took songwriting very, very seriously. My hero was and still is Bob Dylan, but also people like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and that whole generation.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: People, Friends)

Now when I look back to the Guildford of that time, it seems far more exotic to me than Nagasaki.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Time, Now)

Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, that's 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Family, Time, War, History, Thought, England, Now, Years, Yesterday)

People aren't quite sure what it means when a book is a Booker Prize winner. They're not quite sure what is being recommended, what literary values it stands for, because every year it stands for something different.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: People, Values, Being, Literary)

People were incredibly kind to our family and went out of their way to help.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Family, People, Help)

Screenplays I didn't really care about, journalism, travel books, getting my writer friends to write about their dreams or something. I just determined to write the books I had to write.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Dreams, Travel, Books, Care, Friends, Journalism, Writer)

The book was at a reasonably high position on the New York Times... before I was in the country. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if my presence here would push it up or down.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Thought, Country)

The world is crawling with authors touring now. They're like performance artists.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Performance, Artists, Now, World)

There are things I am more interested in than the clone thing. How are they trying to find their place in the world and make sense of their lives? To what extent can they transcend their fate? As time starts to run out, what are the things that really matter?
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Time, Fate, Sense, Trying, World)

There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Life)

There's a practical problem about time and energy, and a more subtle problem of what it does to a writer's head, to continually analyze why they write, where it all comes from, where it's going to.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Time, Energy, Writer)

What is difficult is the promotion, balancing the public side of a writer's life with the writing. I think that's something a lot of writers are having to face. Writers have become much more public now.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Life, Now, Promotion, Public, Writer, Writers, Writing)

When I got to 40 or so... I had the sense when I looked back over my life I would actually see a mess of decisions, a few of which I had thought about, some of which I had sort of stumbled on, and many that I had no control over whatsoever.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Control, Decisions, Sense)

When you become a parent, or a teacher, you turn into a manager of this whole system. You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child, regulating it.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Manager, Innocence)







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