An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1st/1st, 1986

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1st/1st, 1986

£45.00Price

London: Faber & Faber, (1986). First edition. This is a near fine copy. This variant hardback first issue (with paperback published in 1987 on the copyright page) has not been price clipped and is beautifully, and cleanly illustrated. The boards are free from chips and marks, and tight at the binding. The text blocks are bright and white and feature no notable signs of age. Overall, this is a fine copy. Set in post-World War II Japan and 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.