Keeping Your World Safe within the Pages of a Book: Learning from Kazuo Ishiguro
Here was my chance to sit at the foot of a master storyteller, to learn about his creative process, and about the emotional impulses and insecurities that haunt even one of the world’s most prominent writers. Thank you, Lighthouse Writers, for organizing this event.
Ishiguro was born in Japan, but moved with his parents to Great Britain when he was only five. He talked a great deal about memory, and how it defines individuals and cultures.
“I became an adult with the memory of a very precious place, Japan, in my mind—a Japan that didn’t really exist. I wanted to preserve this remembered place and I thought: If I write a novel, I can recreate this world, and then this world will be safe within the pages of that novel."
In listening to him, I realized that my own desire to keep the memories of my beloved Wyoming ranchland safe within the pages of a book was the deeply rooted yearning that urged me forward during the entire writing of my memoir In Search of Kinship.
Note: Watch video of full book scene from The Remains of the Day.