Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize in Literature has reignited a debate about whether his writing falls into sci-fi or fantasy genres. The author of Remains of the Day isn’t quite what most imagine when they think about genre writing, but Ishiguro’s latest book, The Buried Giant , features ogres and dragons. His previous novel was the sci-fi-tinged Never Let Me Go , a look at cloning for medical purposes that’s more subtle but no less horrifying than how, say, Black Mirror would approach such a topic. Japanese-born and Guilford-raised, Ishiguro’s novels were described by the Nobel Foundation as uncovering "the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world". Never Let Me Go was said to introduce a "cold undercurrent of science fiction into his work" while The Buried Giant explores how "memory relates to oblivion, history to the present, and fantasy to reality". Whether Ishiguro’s work is fantasy or not has already caused consternation. Back when it was first released in 2015, Ishiguro admitted that he was worried about the surface-layer of fantastical elements in The Buried Giant — set in a mythical version of Britain complete with pixies and dragons — and pondered in an interview whether […]

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