The Image of the Lost Home in the Works of Kazuo Ishiguro




antihome, home of the memory, image of home, Kazuo Ishiguro, mythopoetics, sacred space, symbol


The image of home has been examined and the peculiarities of the artistic interpretation of this symbol in the novels of a British novelist of Japanese origin Kazuo Ishiguro have been revealed in the article. The essence of the category “image” has been determined; the symbolic significance of home in the life of a person has been analyzed; the differences between the interpretation of the archetypal image of home within the framework of European and Japanese cultures have been indicated; the role of the house in the literary works of K. Ishiguro has been considered, which makes it possible to understand the individual style of the author more deeply. Conducted investigation proved that the image of home belongs to the central spiritual and cultural concepts in any social environment. Home comfort is the dominant of people’s life, although not always realized. The house serves as sacred space for an individual or the whole family in the novels of K. Ishiguro. The loss of one’s own safe home leads to the feeling of loneliness, hopelessness, absurdity of existence, and also transmits the mood and state of spirit of the modern era. Representation of home is closely linked with the problem of identity, since the house embodies the loss of the unity of perception of the world and one’s place in it as a result of emigration. The feature of Ishiguro’s novels is that the house personal space exists only in the memories of heroes.

Author Biography

Myroslava Dovhanych, Uzhhorod National University

Department of Foreign Languages


St. Universytetska 14, 88000,Uzhhorod,Ukraine


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How to Cite

Dovhanych, M. “The Image of the Lost Home in the Works of Kazuo Ishiguro”. Pitannâ lìteraturoznavstva, no. 100, Dec. 2019, pp. 25-41, doi:10.31861/pytlit2019.100.025.



Poetics. Historical Poetics