Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel, “The Buried Giant,” is his best book to date. It’s a masterpiece of refined storytelling shot through with deep empathy.

Continuing the trend of literary heavyweights embracing sci-fi and fantasy, the novel is set in the historical darkness of Britain at the end of the Roman Empire, where King Arthur’s knights still walk the land, dragons slumber and spells are more than superstition. An elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, leave the safety of their village to search for their son. However, they can’t recall where he lives, due to a strange affliction that causes native Britons and settled Saxons alike to lose their memories.

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