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Book Designs for Ishiguro's New Novel Released

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British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel “Klara and the Sun” is being released on March 2. The Nobel laureate’s 8th novel has been highly anticipated in both Japan and in his home country of the U.K., and the book is being simultaneously released in English and Japanese. But it’s hard not to notice the colorful and elaborate Japanese book design, particularly when compared to the minimal British version.

Both designs are nice and strangely compelling. But if they were on a bookshelf together, we would likely pick up the Japanese version. Its elaborate cover, which wraps around the book from front to back, was designed by illustrator Toshiyuki Fukuda.

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