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Each academic year, NYU Reads brings the NYU community together around a single common reading, chosen by a University committee made up of faculty, student, and administrator representatives. Building on our undergraduate schools’ first-year reading programs, NYU Reads extends this dialogue beyond Welcome Week and opens it up to the entire University community.
This year's pick is Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun, a novel is set in a near future in which certain children, selected for genetic enhancement, are closed off from in-person socialization and are given android companions, termed Artificial Friends (AFs). Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel is narrated from the perspective of one such AF, named Klara.
Klara’s naive, semi-formed understanding of human society—presented in Ishiguro’s beautifully spare prose—is perceptive, but just off-kilter enough to elicit questions about some of our assumptions of how the world works. The novel is a subtle exploration of philosophical questions surrounding artificial intelligence, bioengineering, mortality, equality, obsolescence, humanity, and love. Learn more on the NYU Reads research guide.