Obscurity in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro

Yıldız F., Görmez A.

II. International Siirt Scientific Research Congress, Siirt, Turkey, 21 - 23 March 2022, pp.25-26

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Siirt
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.25-26
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Kazuo Ishiguro of Japanese descent, one of the leading names in Contemporary English Literature, was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954. Although his family moved to England for a short time due to the job of his father, who was an oceanographer, they settled in England permanently. Ishiguro stepped into the world of literature with his novel A Pale view of Hills, published in 1982. Ishiguro, who won many awards for his novels, was finally awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005. Ishiguro has a unique style. In this study, the aspect that is discussed in Ishiguro's novels is the concept of obscurity. While obscurity takes place to a certain extent in some of Ishiguro's novels, it appears quite intensely in some of his novels. We can list the elements that create this obscurity as the lack of communication between individuals, the preference of unreliable narrators and the unusual fiction. It is up to the reader to interpret the uncertain situations. This study focuses on the concept of obscurity by dealing with the novels A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day and The Unconsoled, respectively. A sense of obscurity pervades the general atmosphere of A Pale View of Hills. In An Artist of the Floating World, the obscurity stems mainly from the unreliable narrator of the novel. The glorification of mediocrity in The Remains of the Day is the source of obscurity. Ishiguro used the concept of uncertainty most intensely in his novel The Unconsoled. As a result, we see that obscurity in Kazuo Ishiguro's novels almost becomes a style.

Key Words: Kazuo Ishiguro, Obscurity, Novel