with Nobel Prize Winner

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro


3rd October 2018

7:00 pm

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Axl and Beatrice are an aged couple who, in the grip of the mysterious amnesia that has afflicted the whole of Britain, abruptly decide to visit a son that they had forgotten, but assume he will be waiting “impatiently” to see them. In the course of their journey, they meet a boatman in the ruins of a Roman villa, whose duty it is to ferry people to an island of the dead. Only if a couple can convince him of their devotion will he allow them to travel together. From that moment on, Axl and Beatrice are haunted by a dread that they would fail such a test, and be separated for ever.

Ishiguro introduces the reader into a weird world indeed, in post-Arthurian, pre-Norman Britain; Saxons and Britons coexist in an uneasy but functioning truce.

There are hints of Malory, Beowulf and Grendel, and, inevitably, Tolkien, as well as Shakespeare.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's novel is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

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