Kazuo Ishiguro is the 2017 awardee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The announcement was made last October 5 by Prof. Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.
Ishiguro, known for novels such as The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, was given praise for his works that are of “great emotional force” and “has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
Born on November 8, 1954, in Nagasaki, Japan, Ishiguro moved to the United Kingdom at age five with his family, returning to Japan only as an adult. He graduated from the University of Kent in the late 1970s with a degree in English and philosophy. He then went on to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills (1982), takes place in Nagasaki, a few years before World War II began. Two of his books, The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, have been adapted into critically acclaimed films. Ishiguro has also penned scripts for film and television.
Upon hearing the announcement, Ishiguro had thought it was a hoax since he had not been contacted by the committee. Once verified, Ishiguro said that he felt flattered.
“It’s a magnificent honor, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that’s a terrific commendation,” he shared.
Ishiguro has now been placed among the likes of other Nobel Laureate authors, such as Rudyard Kipling, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Pablo Neruda.
Prior to the Nobel Prize, Ishiguro has been awarded a Booker Prize for The Remains of the Day, a Whitbread Prize for An Artist of the Floating World, and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995.
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