The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

Illustrated by Jana Heidersdorf

Introduced by Daniel Kehlmann

Uncover a spectacular piece of fantasy literature from Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. The Folio edition of The Buried Giant is illustrated by Jana Heidersdorf and introduced by Daniel Kehlmann.

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‘I’m really proud to see the novel going back out into the world in this gorgeous new incarnation.’
  1. Kazuo Ishiguro

Nobel-prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro demonstrates his ability to craft a powerful story in any genre with this poignant fantasy fable about love, loss and the fragility of forgiveness. Inspired by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the rich imagery of Arthurian legend, Ishiguro weaves together myriad influences from across the literary spectrum, from Beowulf to Don Quixote to Tolkien, to create something entirely unique – a tale soaked in myth that asks questions about war, memory and justice that have never been more pertinent. Fully illustrated for the first time with seven colour illustrations and four black-and-white images by artist Jana Heidersdorf, this unmissable Folio edition also features an introduction by writer and playwright Daniel Kehlmann.

Bound in printed and blocked cloth

Set in Arno with Sabbath Black display

320 pages

Frontispiece plus 6 full-page colour illustrations, including one double-page spread

4 mono part-title illustrations

Gold metallic printed endpapers

Printed and blocked slipcase

9˝ x 6¼˝

A deep fog of forgetfulness covers the land. Axl and Beatrice have grown old in their underground village, quietly forgetting much of the life they’ve shared, but it is time for them to come up into the light: somewhere, across mountains and rivers and ancient battlefields, their son is waiting. The world beyond their barrow is unsettled; rife with ogres, duplicitous monks and the aftermath of a forgotten war. Their quest will lead them to unexpected encounters: to Sir Wistan, a Saxon warrior tasked with killing the she-dragon Querig, as well as the legendary knight Sir Gawain, still loyal to the long dead King Arthur. There is danger on every side, but nothing so dangerous as the unanswered question that lies in their hearts: is what we remember all that there is? 

‘A work not just of great originality but peculiar, even hypnotic beauty.’
    Evening Standard

In his introduction, written exclusively for this edition, Kehlmann describes reading The Buried Giant as a ‘profound experience’, praising Ishiguro for confronting the reader with questions that have no easy answers whilst still providing ‘a tale full of twists, surprises and magic’. Artist Jana Heidersdorf does not shy away from the darker imagery of the novel, and in her unearthly illustrations faces loom out of the shadows and monsters are revealed in startling detail. The enchanted mist clings to the hills on the illustrated slipcase and continues across the endpapers, while the haunting binding design reveals the dark truth of the landscape Axl and Beatrice must walk across to achieve their quest; a truly unforgettable volume. 

About Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki and moved to Britain as a small child. Having studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia, he quickly established himself as one of the major writers of his generation, being listed by Granta among the best young British novelists in 1983. After two early novels, both with Japanese settings or characters, he won the Booker Prize for The Remains of the Day in 1989. His later work has often drawn on science fiction ideas and historical settings; in total four novels have been nominated for the Booker. In 2017 Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and in 2023 his screenplay for the film Living was nominated for an Academy Award.

About Jana Heidersdorf 

Jana Heidersdorf is a Berlin-based fantasy and horror illustrator. Her ethereal, nature-inspired compositions can be primarily found on and in books, comics and the internet, and her clients include Little Brown Young Readers, Del Rey Books, Sourcebooks and DC Comics. She combines traditional techniques such as pencil with digital media; her work is characterised by its dark fairytale sensibility and a penchant for moody texture.

About Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter, born in Munich and raised in Vienna. He now lives in Berlin and New York City, where he teaches at NYU. His novels include Measuring the World and Tyll; all have been extraordinary bestsellers in Germany, and have won many prizes. Tyll was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2020 and is being adapted for TV by Netflix.


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