Quotes by Kazuo Ishiguro

All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
By mimicking the way memory works, a writer can actually write in a fluid way-one solid scene doesn't have to fall on another solid scene, you can just have a fragment that then dovetails into another one that took place 30 years apart from it. It doesn't have to be fully realized, it can be a glancing, shadowy reference to something that you'll come back to later, and then it moves on.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
I can't write these marvellous sentences like Martin Amis or Salman Rushdie that crackle with vitality. I do get a great writerly kick out of reading writers at that sentence level, but I suppose I only respect novelists who have a powerful overall vision. I like novelists who can create other interesting worlds.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
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
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
I don't have a deep link with England like, say, Jonathan Coe or Hanif Kureishi might demonstrate. For me it is like a mythical place.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
I don't think it's any fun, even if you are one of the most respected authors in the world like Margaret Atwood, to keep being nominated and not win.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
I felt I had almost written myself into a corner. You could say I'd rewritten the same novel three times and I thought I had to move on. The success of the book, and then the movie, had by then also created a commercial expectation and I remember touring America and seeing people in the audiences who I thought might not want to read the books I wanted to write next. My constituency had become broader, but more mysterious to me.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
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
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
I often play little games in my head.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
I really had to protect the relationships that were valuable to me. I had been with Lorna since before I was a writer. We met when we were both working for the Cyrenians homeless charity in London. She thought I would be a failed rock'n'roll star and that we would be miserable social workers as we got older, always looking at job ads in the back of the Guardian.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
I still have a suspicion of charity and think the state has a role to play in many areas. And although for most of the years since I have been a rather privileged writer, I identify more closely than perhaps I should with those social workers. Had I not become a writer that would have been me.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
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
I think the judging process is full of integrity, compared to some other prizes around the world. The fact that they change the panel of judges every year keeps it from becoming corrupt. I think it's very difficult if you've got judges for life; obviously relationships are cultivated between judges and authors, and publishing houses.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
I used to think when I was in my teens I was very different from my father, but now I see that what we do is probably quite similar.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
I want my words to survive translation. I know when I write a book now I will have to go and spend three days being intensely interrogated by journalists in Denmark or wherever. That fact, I believe, informs the way I write-with those Danish journalists leaning over my shoulder.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
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
I went many years without even associating Nagasaki with the atomic bomb. Then in the 1980s, when there was a new concern about CND and so on, Nagasaki took on this symbolic value. I felt my Nagasaki had been appropriated. It was suddenly this burning city of ashes. For me, it was where I lived until the age of 5.
– Kazuo Ishiguro