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Written on the Face: Race and Expression in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

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Written on the Face : Race and Expression in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. / Gill, Josie.

In: MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 60, No. 4, 12.2014, p. 844-862.

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Gill, Josie. / Written on the Face : Race and Expression in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. In: MFS: Modern Fiction Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 60, No. 4. pp. 844-862.

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