My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture

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 Delivered in Stockholm on 7 December 2017, My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is the lecture of th...

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Title:My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture
Author:Kazuo Ishiguro
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My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture Reviews

  • Mark
    Jan 24, 2018
    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. There are large glamorous industries around stories; the book industry, the movie...
  • Charlie
    Mar 16, 2018
    Exactly what I needed to read this year. ...
  • Patty
    Jan 27, 2018
    I had picked up a little hardcover, just like this one, of the Lecture by last years Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. When I saw this one for the winner of the Prize for 2017 I knew I had to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote eight books of fiction and I have only read three but know t...
  • Leonard
    May 02, 2018
    A wise and interesting speech by this Nobel laureate. ...
  • Joe
    Jun 09, 2018
    The author speaks On Writing, and regarding the world generally, and his world in particular. ...
  • Sarah
    Apr 08, 2018
    Spectactular! Added some juice to my writer's soul. ...
  • M Pereira
    Apr 17, 2018
    I'm not familiar with Ishiguro, except that where I work publishes a few words of him from time to time. This nobel prize speech is a tome on the ideas of Englishness or any kind of national-ness that we might identify with. We have an idea of the old country and it warps with time...
  • Ammar
    Dec 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 ...
  • Shawn Liu
    Jul 10, 2018
    A beautiful and intimate speech from one of my favorite writers. He reflects on small and (until this speech) private, but highly meaningful realizations in his writing as well as his, and young writers' roles, in the storytelling of the future. Everything I've read by him moves me in ...
  • Radwa
    Jan 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 ...
  • Sam Quixote
    Feb 07, 2018
    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is Kazuo Ishiguro?s speech from when he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It takes the form of a truncated career retrospective/autobiography, touching upon the creation of his more well-known books like The Re...
  • Taylor Davis
    May 22, 2018
    I read this in Paris while waiting for a train to Strasbourg. Somehow that seems fitting. A short, insightful speech about the author's history, while still looking toward the younger generations to help guide us through the future. I enjoyed this immensely. ...
  • John
    Dec 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, pu...
  • tomwrote
    Jan 01, 2018
    I was given this as a thoughtful gift and appropriately it is a thoughtful lecture from an intelligent and humane writer. There are insights into Ishiguro's writing life but also a look at the larger purpose of literature in society. ...
  • Rita Ciresi
    Dec 31, 2017
    Heartfelt and unpretentious, this lecture provides insight into Ishiguro's growth as a writer. ...
  • Rob
    May 10, 2018
    This slim tome is essentially the lecture given by Kazuo Ishiguro on receving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In it he lays out some key moments of his development as a writer. These include accepting his ancestral and more-or-less fictional image of his could-have-been-homelan...
  • Akshat
    Mar 05, 2018
    The is Ishiguro's Nobel Prize acceptance speech. The beautiful speech serves as his biographical sketch leaning into his influences from his Japanese homeland and that of writings of other authors, music and films. ...
  • Akylina
    Dec 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 fro...
  • Kate
    Feb 14, 2018
    3.5/5 This is Kazuo Ishiguro?s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in literature. It discusses his growth as a writer, inspiration for his work, thoughts on the world?s current condition, and hopes for the future. ...
  • Annikky
    Jan 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). ...
  • Shonna Froebel
    Jan 28, 2018
    http://cdnbookworm.blogspot.ca/2018/0... ...
  • Mills College Library
    Jun 01, 2018
    823.914 I795m 2017 ...
  • Craig Shields
    Apr 08, 2018
    Mostly a recollection of his growth as a writer and how his focus shifted from his mythical Japan to characters to relationships. He depicts literature as a way to feel someone else's experience, which is important to our cultural and political progress. Fine way to spend twenty minute...
  • Andrew
    Feb 13, 2018
    Like a short story in itself, Ishiguro relates how he came to write - with teachers like Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury, what a start! - how he came to adopt a style and theme - reminiscence and memory, distinct or unreliable - and the importance of striving for a new level of tone...
  • Tracy Gwendolyn
    May 21, 2018
    Gracefully narrated with warmth, poise and humility. Intimate and wide-ranging; satisfyingly reflective. Very much worth listening to his delivery: https://youtu.be/ZW_5Y6ekUEw ...
  • Ryan Roberts
    Jan 01, 2018
    Ishiguro's Nobel lecture is a quick read, but it's filled with wonderful insights into his writing process and career. ...
  • Freddy
    Dec 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 ...
  • Matthew Holley
    Jan 11, 2018
    A wonderful reflection on the genesis of his writing career and how it?s changed and matured over the years. It could?ve been twice as long and I would?ve eaten it up. ...
  • Brett Yanta
    Apr 06, 2018
    Kazuo Ishiguro has meant a lot to me for many years and I found his speech to be both insightful and inspiring. ...
  • Luka Urbac
    May 22, 2018
    I had to allow a vast and tragic yearning to be glimpsed underneath. ...
  • Zulekha Saqib
    Jan 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 award...
  • Michael
    Jan 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 tur...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Mar 22, 2018
    Ishiguro has written some great novels, though I really don?t think he deserved to win the Noble Prize for Literature last year. There are so many other writers who have, objectively speaking, contributed more to the arts. Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami and even ...
  • Alice Phillips
    Aug 05, 2018
    In his Nobel address, Ishiguro eloquently traces his own literary history--from his roots in an idealized Japan to developing characters and relationships in his novels--and closes with comments on the post-2016 world. I especially appreciate his reflections on his generation's role in...
  • Marwan Hamed
    Feb 05, 2018
    Inspiration ...
  • Monika
    Feb 27, 2018
    I loved this so much that I read it twice in a row. I've always wondered what went on in the minds of authors and this little gem provided a glimpse into the thoughts of one of my favourites. In his refreshing style he delivers a lecture that is as much of a lesson as it is a story. He...
  • The Bookaholic
    Feb 16, 2018
    I'll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I'll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will h...
  • Arjun Bahuguna
    Aug 14, 2018
    "I thought if I took care of the relationships, then maybe the characters would take care of themselves." It's impossible to realize how potent this simple tenet of storytelling can be until you see Ishiguro masterfully execute it in Never Let Me Go. I believe this to be the most im...
  • Isabela Ueda
    Aug 01, 2018
    Tenha você já lido ou não alguma obra de Ishiguro, esse pequeno livro com seu discurso do Nobel em 2017 (re)acenderá a paixão do leitor pela literatura. Caso já tenha lido, creio que o discurso ajuda a se aprofundar, criando uma conexão maior entre leitor e obra. Se nunca tive...
  • Madeline P
    Apr 10, 2018
    Everyone should read this lecture! Insight on how the small, seemingly insignificant moments in our lives shape and change us, and lead to us growing into the beings we are today. A hopeful message about how expression and writing is and will continue to be vital to our worldview a...
  • Dana
    Dec 20, 2017
    Encouraging and inspiring. ...
  • Andreea
    Jan 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 ...
  • Jason Wilson
    Dec 26, 2017
    Ishiguro?s Nobel lecture . Great to see it won by someone readable . Pleasant talk from a varied journey since early childhood in Nagasaki . ...
  • Aňa
    Dec 19, 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...
  • Gee
    Jan 21, 2018
    Just what I needed. ...