“The main character might be an Artificial Friend, but the topics tackled are classically human.
In an alternative, near-future world, we meet Klara, an observant and emotional robot who has been designed to befriend teenagers as they embark on the change and loneliness that puberty can bring. Once she is chosen by Josie, a sickly young girl, Ishiguro plunges us into a world where the everyday acts of living illuminate a greater truth for all of humanity.
Whether discussing the ethics of AI or the universal need for love and healing, Ishiguro’s first novel since winning the Nobel continues to expound upon the better parts of humanity: compassion, sacrifice, truth.”
Klara and the Sun is a magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro—author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.
Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.
Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
In its award citation in 2017, the Nobel committee described Ishiguro’s books as “novels of great emotional force” and said he has “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”