Asian studies in Lithuania
Original language: Japanese
Translated from: English
Authors: Ishiguro, Kazuo
Translated by: Liutkutė, Jovita
ISBN: 9955-24-171-3
Published in: Vilnius
Published on: 2006
Publisher: Alma littera

“Never let me go” – it’s a worldwide known book written by Kazuo Ishiguro which in 2005 got nominated for Man Booker’s prize.  Based on this book the movie has been released with the same title and it has received positive feedback from the viewers. Kazuo Ishiguro was born in 1954 Japan. His family resided in Nagasaki until he turned five and moved to United Kingdom. The writer has started his career right when he graduated from East England University majoring in creative writing. His first written book got straight into spotlight and in 1982 it got Winifred Holty prize.

The plot of this novel starts in the world which is full of clones whose purpose is to be the organ donors. The main characters of the book: Keith, Tommy and Ruth are growing up in the world which is totally different from the rest of the humans. They are kept in a private boarding school in which they are taught how to behave, keep their health stable so in the near future they could provide the parts of their body for real humans, not themselves. At school they are treated as pets which can’t cross the borders of school, they are warned about their inability to have descendants which causes them to bond among other donors just by making love with each other. Can the entity who doesn’t have its roots be able to love and feel the same emotions as a real human being? Is there a huge difference between a person who was created in a lab and the one who was born because of love? – Those are the main questions the book has to offer.

Further, the story takes place after the three friends are being released into the real world. Lust, the search of the answer to “who am I?” and realization of the fact that your life belongs to someone else mix in between and leave the reader hooked on this book. “Never let me go” – it’s a book which makes You think about the life from a different point of view where the story of your life is already written from the day You are created and where You have no right to have privacy, personal happiness and freedom.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU