novelist, born in Nagasaki but came to England in 1960 and studied at the universities of Kent and East Anglia. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills (1982), about a Japanese widow living in England haunted by memories of her daughter's suicide, was followed by An Artist of the Floating World (1986), the story of an ageing Japanese artist who looks back on his life in the aftermath of the Second World War. He came to major prominence with The Remains of the Day (1989), a subtle and moving story of an ageing butler's memories of his life in service which won the Booker Prize and was subsequently made into a successful film. The Unconsoled (1995) is a Kafkaesque novel of displacement, a theme pursued in When We Were Orphans (2000). Never Let Me Go (2005) deals with mortal fragility through the ethics of human cloning.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).