Book Club: 'An Artist of the Floating World' (1986)

10.30AM Thu 16 Jun 2022
QAG | Members lounge | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us at one of the meetings at the Gallery. From June to August, titles on the reading list will connect to, contextualise and complement ideas presented in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’.

'An Artist of the Floating World' (1986) by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Session 1: Wed 15 Jun, 3.00pm | Virtual
  • Session 2: Thu 16 Jun, 10.30am | On-site
  • Session 3: Sat 25 Jun, 3.00pm | On-site

It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding its cities after the calamity of World War Two, its people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet, lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement, but as his mind continually returns to memories of the past — to a life and career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism — a dark shadow grows over his serenity.

  • Virtual Book Club: Free for Members / $5 Members’ guests
  • On-site Book Club: $12 Members / $17 Members’ guests

June – August Reading List

  • An Artist of the Floating World (1986) by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Empathy Exams (2014) by Leslie Jamison
  • Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) by Marge Piercy

Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store.


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