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The Unconsoled

ISBN13: 9780679735878
ISBN: 0679735879
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
Published Date:
Edition 1st Vintage Internat
Pages: 535
Average Goodreads rating: 3.55/5 (619 ratings)

Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.

The Unconsoled is at once a gripping psychological mystery, a wicked satire of the cult of art, and a poignant character study of a man whose public life has accelerated beyond his control.

The setting is a nameless Central European city where Ryder, a renowned pianist, has come to give the most important performance of his life. Instead, he finds himself diverted on a series of cryptic and infuriating errands that nevertheless provide him with vital clues to his own past.

In The Unconsoled Ishiguro creates a work that is itself a virtuoso performance, strange, haunting, and resonant with humanity and wit.

"A work of great interest and originality.... Ishiguro has mapped out an aesthetic territory that is all his own...frankly fantastic [and] fiercer and funnier than before."--The New Yorker