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Marina Warner: Literary Diplomacy, 16 November 2017

... choices of figure and ground: what emerges, what recedes. Invention is important; forgetting too. Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Buried Giant is set in ancient Britain, among dragons and ogres and pixies, with characters from the legends of King Arthur (if some critics found it too Tolkienesque, that’s because, like Tolkien, it draws on Anglo-Saxon ...

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Alan Bennett: A Story, 8 March 2007

... have only to mention the names (Sir Kevin looked down at his pad) of Ian McEwan, Rose Tremain and Kazuo Ishiguro …’ ‘Yes,’ said Norman. ‘We’ve read those.’ Wincing at the ‘we’, the private secretary said that he thought East Anglia would suit Norman very well. ‘What with?’ said Norman. ‘I’ve no money.’ ‘That will not be a ...

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