Read My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture Online Free - Delivered in Stockholm on 7 December 2017, My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is the lecture of the Nobel Laureate in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro. A generous and hugely insightful biographical sketch, it explores his relationship with Japan, reflections on his own novels and an insight into some of his inspirations, from the worlds of writing, music and film. Ending with a rallying call for the ongoing importance of literature in the world, it is a characteristically thoughtful and moving piece.
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December 22, 2017
In this lecture that was delivered on December 7th, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a personal lecture about literature, his beginning as a novelist, the creative writing class he took in East Anglia, and how it made him the writer he is today.
He describes the England that he moved to with his par...
December 31, 2017
"If we are to play an important role in this uncertain future, if we are to get the best from the writers of today and tomorrow, I believe we must become more diverse. I mean this in two particular senses. Firstly, we must widen our common literary world to include many more voices from beyond ou...
December 19, 2017
MY FAVOURITE PART IN THE LECTURE
"But let me finish by making an appeal – if you like, my Nobel appeal! It's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of 'literature', where we read, write, publish, recommend,...
January 09, 2018
4.5 Beautiful and insightful, very much recommended. A side note: I have only read one of Ishiguro's books - The Remains of the Day - and was surprised how similar the voice here was to that novel (where it's more extreme, of course).
January 11, 2018
'but let me finish by making an appeal, if you like, my Nobel appeal.. it's hard to put the whole world to rights, but let us at least think about how we can prepare our own small corner of it, this corner of literature, where we read, write, publish, recommend, denounce and give awards to books....
December 29, 2017
“Stories can entertain, sometimes teach, or argue a point, but for me, the essential thing is that they communicate feelings— that they appeal to what we share as human beings across our borders and divides. . . . In the end, stories are about one person saying to another, ‘This is the way it fee...
January 17, 2018
I’m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction (yet) because I wasn’t sure what is the essence of his writing, and what I should expect; at first I mistakenly believed he wrote only romance novels. I needed to hear Kazuo Ishiguro first. I took this morning to listen...
January 14, 2018
Edifying and beautifully told autobiographical reflections. And an urgent call to action to the next generation of authors, grounded in the author's own growth as a writer.
That growth, we learn, came through a set of epiphanies - inspired by the work of other artists. Which in turn gives this le...
January 18, 2018
Such an inspiring little read!
I was so proud when I heard of Ishiguro's Nobel win, not just because he was the first Nobel winner I've actually read prior to his win, but because I was actually rooting for him, and this speech reminded me why!
It's a biographical lecture about his beginnings as a...
December 30, 2017
An insightful lecture from a great voice of the scene, a truly 'international' literary voice (in the sense used by him in the lecture - his writing transcends any closed cultural context). The speech feels just like Mr Ishiguro's photos after the prize was announced - very intelligent and at the...