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An Artist of the Floating World

Kazuo Ishiguro

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II. Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"-the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink-offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II. Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"-the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink-offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II. Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"-the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink-offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Case

Length:

6h 24m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:44


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:10