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Famous writers, notable works, , and publishing jargons by alphabet "I".

Kazuo Ishiguro (1954 - ) is a renowned British novelist and screenwriter. 

Ishiguro was born in Japan and moved to England when he was five years old. His first two novels, A Pale View of Hills (1982) and An Artist of the Floating World (1986) were set in Japan, but the details are only based on his imagination of the country. His best-known novel, Never Let Me Go, was published in 2005, and shortlisted for several important literary awards. 

In 2017, Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature; in the citation by the Nobel committee he was described as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

In Search of Lost Time (1913) is the masterpiece of French writer Marcel Proust. It contains seven volumes, more than a million words, which took Proust about 18 years to complete. It is considered as a fictional autobiography of the writer’s own life.

Set between late 19th century and early 20th century France, In Search of Lost Time depicts the life of the narrator from childhood to adulthood, exploring themes related to the passage of time, love, etc. It was thought to be an early example of stream of consciousness in the novel, and is regarded as one of the most important works of the 20th century. 

Established in 1967, an ISBN,  which stands for International Standard Book Number, is the identity of a book. It comprises a 13-digit code, which contains information such as the publisher, book title, and place of publication. 

In Hong Kong, ISBN was introduced in 1976. Company or individual can apply for an ISBN, for their printed books, pamphlets, maps, etc. Though it is not a statutory requirement in Hong Kong, ISBNs are often used by publishers, bookstores, and librarians to facilitate book management and classification.

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