Commitment rooted in loss: Kazuo Ishiguro's when we were orphans


Nostalgia may seem fruitless, yet Ishiguro's novel When We Were Orphans reveals its potential force as a touchstone in a world marred by violence. And though melancholia may seem static or destructive, this text uncovers its active and productive potential. In fact, in a life wrenched by loss, these modes can drive a way of living that involves deep ethical commitment and attachment to justice. © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group.

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Critique - Studies in Contemporary Fiction