Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘Why do people hate fantasy?’

The celebrated novelist’s latest book is a step into the world of ogres and pixies. Speaking at the Hay Festival, he tells Martha Kearney why.

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the few living authors whose books are critically acclaimed and best-sellers. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize four times – winning with The Remains of the Day in 1989 – and his novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The Buried Giant – the British author’s first novel in 10 years – is steeped in Arthurian legend and filled with dragons and ogres. But will his devoted fans be put off by this exploration of the fantasy genre?

“I was slightly shocked by the level of sheer prejudice that exists against ogres”, he jokes. “Most genre boundaries are relatively recent things that were created by the book industry” he explains.

Talking Books at Hay Festival: Kazuo Ishiguro screens on BBC World News on 6 and 7 June 2015.

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