Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 InterviewApril 1, 1998 |

Rooted in a Small Space: An Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro

We are meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago's Gold Coast district, the perfect setting for an interview with Kazuo Ishiguro, straight out of his novel The Unconsoled. It has everything, right down to the antique furniture and uniformed man eyeing me from his post beneath the green awning. I halfway expect to see the narrator, Mr. Ryder, stumble through the doorway. As soon as the thought is completed, a man does enter: although in his forties, he has the look of a grad student, lean, head hunched forward, looking as out of place here as I do. It is Kazuo Ishiguro. Once our greetings are made and we are inside the elevator, he unfolds a paper schedule and says, "Just like Mr. Ryder," so he sees the parallels, too. In the world of The Unconsoled, elevator rides can take twenty minutes, strangers can turn out to be your wife or son, and a downtown hotel lobby can be behind the door of a secluded country home. In the novel, from the moment Mr. Ryder, a world-renowne

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