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An Artist of the Floating World

Audiobook
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day

In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.
Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"—the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink—offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

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Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group Edition: Unabridged
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OverDrive Listen audiobook

  • ISBN: 9780385362580
  • File size: 184386 KB
  • Release date: August 14, 2012
  • Duration: 06:24:08

MP3 audiobook

  • ISBN: 9780385362580
  • File size: 184555 KB
  • Release date: August 14, 2012
  • Duration: 06:24:04
  • Number of parts: 5

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subjects

Fiction Literature

Languages

English

Levels

Lexile® Measure:1060
Text Difficulty:6-9

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prizewinning novel The Remains of the Day

In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.
Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"—the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink—offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

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