The Buried Giant
Ishiguro’s most recent novel is set roughly in Arthurian England, inspired by his reading the 14th century poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” and tells of a couple who journeys across a troubled land of mist and rain in hopes of finding a son they have not seen in years. Many consider it to be, well, weird, as in fantasy and ogres. Although it has typical Ishiguro themes, memory and how it can distort reality, and our dealings with the past, it is a decided departure from his other works. It is not just an individual’s distorted memories, but the lost memories of an entire society.