Paperback. Pub Date :2013-07-09 Pages: 544 Language: English Publisher: Faber and Faber Ryder. a renowned pianist. arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give But then as he. traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical - and always strangely malleable. as a dream might be - he comes steadily to realise he is facing the most crucial performance of his life.Ishiguros extraordinary study of a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control was met on publication by consternation. vilification - and the highest praise.