Kazuo Ishiguro in Time Out

by suu4leaf

We have so many films about how people triumph over cruel systems. They rebel. Perhaps we have got into the habit of thinking that is what happens in the real life. But, actually, if you look at the past 150 years or whatever, just in Europe, it’s about people living under dictatorships or communism. It’s about how people unquestioningly go to war, and go over the top and die. It’s astonishing the extent to which people accept their lot. And not only do they accept it, they try and dignify it. Try and make it meaningful.

Time Out Hong Kong, 16-29 March 2011, no. 75, p.75