In Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro explores the ideas of love, music
and the passing of time. From the piazzas of Italy to the ‘Hush-hush floor’ of an exclusive Hollywood hotel. The characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning.
Gentle, intimate and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting theme: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life’s romance, even as one gets older, relationships founder and youthful hope recedes.
‘These stories come up on you quietly, but then haunt you for days.’ -David Sexton, Evening Standard
‘Each of these stories is heartbreaking in its own way, but some have moments of great comedy, and they all require a level of attention that, typically, Ishiguro’s writing rewards.’ -Observer
‘Poised and playful … In their deceptively simple exploration of love and loss the stories build on the achievement of Never Let Me Go.? -The Times