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Kazuo Ishiguro: How to live within the moment

Kazuo Ishiguro's brilliant new novel is a quest set in post-Roman Britain that asks big questions about human existence

By Joanna Kavenna   March 2015

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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber & Faber, £20)

The literary novel isn’t dead—it’s just been turned into a zombie. You can find these zombie novels in the few remaining bookshops, wandering around and muttering in blog-style realist prose. We hear scattered phrases—something about how our narrator wanted the green socks but they are not washed so they must have the blue socks instead—but we hear no more, we have run away screaming. Virginia Woolf tried to dispatch…

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