2014 A to Z Challenge: I

AuthorsChristopher Isherwood

Wikipedia says,

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood (26 August 1904 – 4 January 1986) was an English novelist.

The article goes on to describe his education in England, the places he lived in, including Berlin, Copenhagen and Hollywood, and the people he met and their influence on his novels.

Kazuo Ishiguro

Wikipedia says,

Kazuo IshiguroOBE, FRSA, FRSL (Japanese: カズオ・イシグロ or 石黒一雄; born 8 November 1954) is a Japanese-born British novelist. He was born in Nagasaki and his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative-writing course in 1980.

Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

The Link

Both authors became naturalised citizens during their lives. For Ishiguro, it was a natural step to become a citizen of the country where he grew up and would continue to live. For Isherwood, the decision was harder. He struggled with the requirement of swearing that he would defend the country (USA), but nevertheless went ahead.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

2 replies on “2014 A to Z Challenge: I”

Interesting link – it’s years since I read any Isherwood, but it would be fun to look at any similarities in their work, given the profound impact that becoming a citizen of a different country must have.

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