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- Full Title: The Buried Giant
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 2015
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Fantasy
- Setting: Post-Arthurian England (early- to mid-6th century)
- Climax: Sir Gawain’s recounts King Arthur breaking the treaty and ordering that a forgetting spell be put on Querig’s breath.
- Antagonist: King Arthur
- Point of View: Third Person; First Person
Extra Credit for The Buried Giant
High Praise. Although Kazuo Ishiguro only won the Booker Prize once in 1989, he was nominated for it a total of four times: Artist of the Floating World (1986 shortlist), The Remains of the Day (1989 winner), When We Were Orphans (2000 shortlist), and Never Let Me Go (2005 shortlist).
Source Material. Before achieving fame as a full-time writer, Kazuo Ishiguro was a social worker, which is how he met his wife. His experience as a social worker influenced his writing of Never Let Me Go, which is set in a school for children who have been created to donate organs to other people once they are adults.