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Nocturnes

Nocturnes

In Nocturnes, a sublime story cycle, Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time. From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat 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 them: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life’s romance, even as one gets older, relationships founder and youthful hopes recede.

Read by Adam Kotz, Neil Pearson, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ian Porter, and Trevor White.

©2009 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2009 Canongate Books in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

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