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Title: Never Let Me Go (2005)
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro (1954) is a British novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, but then moved to England with his family. He gained British citizenship in 1984, after finishing his Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. In 1989, Ishiguro won the Booker Prize with the novel The Remains of the Day. Other novels include The Unconsoled (1995), When We Were Orphans (2000), and Klara and The Sun (2021). Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017.
The novel Never Let Me Go was published in 2005. The book takes place in a dystopian alternate reality of England in the 1990’s, where human cloning for organ donations is legal. The novel explores themes such as friendship and love, memory and nostalgia, and science versus ethics. The book was adapted into a movie in 2010, directed by Mark Romanek. In 2016, it was also adapted as a Japanese miniseries.
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